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Weekly Devotionals

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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

As Passion Week begins today, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on a moment Jesus pointed out to his disciples after his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. In the passage sited above, Jesus wanted his disciples to take notice of a widow who wasn’t able to give much yet gave anyway. The two coins were, in fact, all she had for her livelihood. He compared her offering to what the wealthy were giving and said that it was more. What the wealthy gave wasn’t necessarily meaningless but what Jesus wants us to see is the greater value of what the poor widow gave because it was everything she had. We can see that despite the poor widow’s need for money, her need to stay connected to God was even more important.

Although money may not be the most significant thing we can give, we also know that in many ways our ability to give or not give when prompted is a reflection of our attitude and perspective on how we live. Money has a great influence over us that we cannot deny. Often it makes us believe we need it and without enough of it we won’t be able to survive. In the midst of this equation, we seldom stop to ask ourselves where our faith in the Creator falls. Do we trust that He will provide the things we need in our every day lives more than we trust money will? Do we trust that He will lead us in the right way even though sometimes if feels really hard and even scary?

As we start the work week, let’s take a moment to notice the poor widow together as the disciples were asked to do. She chose not to depend on the monetary systems of the world when she gave her two copper coins. She chose to stay near God instead and trust in Him. Her trust allowed her to give everything. I pray that we will be encouraged and reminded by her offering to stay near Jesus this week and trust Him with our needs.

Have a good Passion Week and I pray God will meet with you in intimate ways.