Expanded Giving

July 27, 2003

Mark 12:41-44 – Sitting across from the offering box, [Jesus] was observing how the crowd tossed money in for the collection. Many of the rich were making large contributions. One poor widow came up and put in two small coins — a measly two cents. Jesus called his disciples over and said, "The truth is that this poor widow gave more to the collection than all the others put together. All the others gave what they'll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn't afford — she gave her all." (MSG)

She was full of thoughts and prayers for friends, family, the community, even the world, but then she stubbed her toe on the dresser.

She yearned to give food to the hungry at the food bank, donate some clothing to the Salvation Army, but then she went grocery shopping to feed her family.

She dreamed of tithing and giving beyond her wildest dreams, of raising enough money to pay off the church mortgage, but then her rent came due.

Too often "she" is "us".

The world says, "Take care of yourself first!"

God says, "Pray for widows, orphans, and government leaders. Give to the poor. Bring Me the first tenth of your income."

Whose word will we trust and believe and act upon?

Prayer: Father God, when we are concentrating on ourselves, remind us of Your other children. Give us courage to give beyond the world's view. Help us expand our giving in ways both spiritual and physical, because You are most worthy! In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Brenda Wood <brenda.w@nextcom.ca>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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