The Widow’s Mite

Text: Mark 12:41-44

The Rich Were Not Condemned

  • Jesus made a comparison between the rich men & the poor widow — but He was not condemning the rich
  • We cannot put all of our money into the treasury — God requires a portion (1 Corinthians 16:2)
  • There are other things God expects us to do with our money (2 Thessalonians 3:8-10; 1 Timothy 5:8; 6:18)
  • However, one can contribute & still be condemned (Acts 5:1-2) — we must give with the right attitude (2 Corinthians 9:7)

The Widow Was Commended

  • She made a real sacrifice — gave everything to God
  • She did not make excuses — if she gave nothing, it is unlikely that those familiar with her circumstances would have looked down on her
  • She put her trust in God — this is the only way one can give this generously (2 Corinthians 8:1-5)

Lessons for Today

  • Ask yourself: Are you giving what you can? … No one else can answer this question for you
  • Don’t compare yourself with others — God judges us according to our ability (2 Corinthians 8:12)
  • Put spiritual things first (Matthew 6:19-21)
  • Live by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7)

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