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.”
In these verses it talks about a poor and needy widow giving all her money to the offering while the rich people gave a smaller amount. The poor widow was giving ALL her money to the offering. Giving all her money was a scary thing to her. She no longer had food to buy or anything to afford anymore. Although she gave him all her money and trusted that God would provide for her needs. We can all learn a lesson from this widow that if we have to give everything away God is with us.
Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. 3 Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, 5 “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” 6 He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. 7 Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial.8 For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”
In this passage to Mary is giving a very expensive bottle of perfume. Like Judas said, she could have sold it and had a rich life, but instead she trusted in Jesus that he would provide. She gave the perfume to his honor and to show her great love for him.
So I challenged you. When me, my dad, and my brother were doing bible study and read this passage we came the conclusion that it is important to give an offering. Even a little it multiplies.
31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
Anyway to my challenge. Every Sunday I challenge you to give an offering. A quarter, penny, dollar, even a cent. You know how sometimes when someone prays over the offering. They ask to multiply it. As you place your amount (even little) be praying that God would multiply it for his Glory! Don’t be embarrassed if you put in a little amount. Sometimes just little amounts start something big! If you don’t go to church every week or something like that that’s okay. You can still do it! Every week take a little amount from your piggy bank or something and put it in a separate jar. Every week add a little more and pray over it asking to multiply it for his glory. Once you have a lot of money you can give it to some kind of organization. I encourage you to! I will too!
Please comment if your interested and we can encourage each other together!