The Mighty Message of the Widow's Mite
November 14, 2004
INTRODUCTION; Why did Jesus observe the offering and tell this story? What lessons are we to learn and what truths are we to practice?
1. The widow is unnamed, yet she has a place in the Bible Hall of Fame. She is the hero of all those unnamed and unnoticed saints of God who keeps our churches going. She represents those who, just because they love Jesus, do the work of the Lord unselfishly.
2. Jesus indicated that the thing of most importance is not how much is given, but the extent to which the gift is a sacrificial one; or, to put it another way, the most significant thing is not how much is given but how much is left for one's personal use after the gift. A major element of Jesus' teaching is that attitude is more important than action. The widow's total giving demonstrates an attitude of absolute trust in God.
3. Jesus set His approval for all time upon sacrifice and the love which promotes it. This story displays that he judges gifts, not by the amount, but by the motive.
In Luke and Mark's accounts of this story, Jesus had previously been speaking to religious leaders on the subject of greed, only to follow-up with a story of generosity.
Here we have a great contrast of condemnation and commendation. I personally desire to be very aware of what Jesus commends and what He condemns.
Dr. Bob Reccord and Randy Singer, in their book Made to Count, refer to the Bible as the Owner's Manual.
"Every vehicle has an owner's manual. According to car manufacturers, the recommendations in the owner's manual are there for two interrelated reasons:
1. To keep the vehicle operating at maximum effectiveness
2. To avoid major breakdowns
Unfortunately, too many of us wait to read the owner's manual until – you guessed it – our vehicle has broken down!
Isn't it strange that we do the same thing with the Bible? God gave it to us with principles ...
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