The Widow's Mite….from Deidre Harris, Stewardship Chairperson March 2014
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41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd
putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42
But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more
into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her
poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
Mark 12:41-44 New International Version (NIV)
Although sometimes used as a means for making people feel guilty about the amount (or
lack thereof) that is given to the church, this scripture is such as excellent example of discipleship
versus membership. As mentioned in the January article, stewardship is more than
just giving to the church. For financial stewardship, it is in the way the money is given. As
mentioned in the scripture above, “they gave of their wealth”. Although speaking of the
rich, it is not only the rich who give of their wealth in such a way as if paying a membership;
as if heaven can be bought or giving to the church body is a requirement. True discipleship
does not require that you give all you have. Just that you give in faith. Faith that
what you give, does make a difference. Or, faith that what you give, will come back tenfold.
Or faith that what you give, comes as an expression of your love.
So I ask of you, that as you give throughout the year, work on giving as a disciple. Whatever
you give, both small and large, give in faith and in love.