The Widow’s Offering

Mark 12:41-44

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.”

Maddie’s Reflection

This passage has always stood out to me as it encapsulates the very essence of what God wants from us. God doesn’t just want a part of who we are, He wants the whole thing; all that we are, our whole heart. I’d be lying if I said this thought doesn’t scare me. When I read this passage, I always reflect on the Widow- the person who epitomises full devotion and trust. Today, I thought about the rich people in the passage- those that have plenty, yet only give a portion- the people whom I can relate to more often than not.

Putting God at the center of our lives, giving Him everything we have, can be scary. It’s so easy to only give God a piece of ourselves. In this time of isolation, I’ve had plenty of reflection time. Time to reflect on my relationship with God and what he really wants from me. The conclusion…? God wants me… Not just a part of me, but ALL of me. And, just as he wants me, He wants all of you too! This passage is an invitation to be like The Widow- to give all that we have to God and trust in Him, even though, the passage also depicts how this path is not the popular one.

I invite you to take some time to pray and reflect this week.

  • What is God trying to tell you?
  • Where is He leading you?
  • How will you respond?
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