Mark 12:38-44 and Kings 17:8-15
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“A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.”
The Mighty Widow
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This week we are simply noticing what Jesus would have us notice. In the shadow of the mind-blowing temple complex, with important and powerful religious leaders walking about, Jesus says watch this, and calls our attention to an otherwise invisible woman while she gives more than all the others. In fact, she gives all she has to live on. Something is surely broken in this system.
Generations earlier, a man remembered as the greatest prophet of Israel, is unable to help himself, so God brings him together with a dying widow. The prophet and the widow learn that no matter how bad things may look, God has the last word, and that word is not death but life.
Maybe God is calling you to a new adventure in your life of faith and giving. Maybe it’s time to imagine a life filled with blessing, being open from one moment to the next to some new way that God wants to use your gifts to change the world and serve your brother and sister in need.
At Prince of Peace, it is time to make our financial commitments in support of the ministry and outreach we are called to share locally and around the world. May our response be a living witness to our faith. May our giving be an act of love on behalf of those in need.
Questions to Ponder or Discuss
1. How is your Christian faith reflected in your giving?
2. Why do people with less money tend to give a higher percentage of their income to support their church than people with higher incomes?
3. Why do you suppose Jesus spoke about money and wealth as much as he did during his earthly ministry?
Here at POP we are making our financial commitments in support of the ministry we will share in the coming year. I consider it a blessing that the financial commitment my family will make is joined together with yours and hundreds more through our congregation.
Will you join me in taking a step this year to grow your weekly giving? Give it a try. I truly believe you will find that stretching your faith in this way brings a new level of appreciation for your connection to the special place called Prince of Peace.