by Rex Yancey

The Widow's Mite
Rex Yancey
Mark 12:41-44

When we read this text it should forever change our attitude concerning the way we give our tithes and offerings. Jesus was in the Temple. To be specific, He was in the Court of the Women where there were thirteen collecting boxes known as trumpets. They were shaped like trumpets with the narrow part at the top and the wider part at the foot. Each was assigned to offerings for a different purpose. Jesus was seated near these trumpets and observing what was taking place.

We might say one can learn a lot when the offering is collected. Jesus saw people flinging their offerings into these trumpets. I am sure they wanted to make enough noise to be noticed. When the spiritual is taken out of the giving, something precious is lost. These people were giving off the top of their possessions. What they gave did not represent a sacrifice. It was a tip.

Then, a poor widow came in and the offering she gave was in grave contrast to what others gave. She cast in the smallest of all coins. One had to get special permission to give so little. But her money spoke volumes then, and it still speaks to us now.

Money talks but what does it say?

Jesus was sitting over against the treasury. He still does that. He knows whether we give carefully or casually, grudgingly or cheerfully, the least possible or the most possible. He knows if we give like we are paying taxes, or as a thanksgiving offering for all He has done for us. How a Christian gives to the Lord is a very real index of that Christian’s heart and character.

I was walking the hall of a hospital one day looking for a room when I overheard two patients talking to each other. One of them said, All preachers do is to preach on money.” The other one seemed to agree. Well, this was the room I was looking for and so I made my entry through the door. One of the patients asked, “Who are you?” I said, “I am one of those preachers wh ...

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