by Jerry Vines

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The Widow's Mites (2 of 2)
Stewardship 2004
Jerry Vines
Mark 12:41-44

This is one of the best known characters in the entire Bible. She is the unnamed widow who cast her two mites into the treasury. So far as we know she never met Jesus and Jesus never met her. We have no record in the verses I have read that Jesus said anything to her and that she said anything to Jesus. Yet what this woman did is so beautiful and what Jesus made of it is so meaningful that it has been memorialized forever on the pages of your Bible.

This widow is one of those unnamed heroes of the faith. We don't know who she was. We'll know when we get to heaven. Yet, she represents that vast host of unnamed, unknown, unpraised people who keep our churches going. She represents those who because of their faithfulness, untiring service, and because of their sacrificial giving, make it possible for the church of the Lord Jesus Christ to do what God intends for us to do.

This message is intended to be a tribute on my part to the great number of you who fall into that category. You may never stand on this platform. Your name may never be called in public. You are one of those unnamed heroes of the faith. You are one of those faithful believers in our congregation, and it is because of you that we are able to do the things that we do. It is because of your service, faithfulness, and sacrificial giving that the work of the Lord goes forth in the way it does in our congregation.

I want to speak to you from this story because this story is one of the great motivating stories in the Bible to the whole subject of giving. It's a very simple story but it is a story filled with meaning.

I. Where Jesus Sits.
You will notice in verse 41 that it says, "And Jesus sat over against the treasury," which lets us know that Jesus was sitting in the temple. Back in verse 35 we are told that Jesus, "Answered and said, while he taught in the temple." The treasury is located in ...

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