When faced with life's challenges,
it is Important to Remember
that although Daniel was saved from the lions,
he was not saved from the Lion's Den.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday Devotional - A Widow's Mite

"And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living".  Mark 12:41-44
In the time of Jesus, a mite was a copper coin worth only about one-eighth of a cent.  Rabbinic law specified that the smallest amount a person could cast into the treasury was two mites.  This poor widow gave the least that was permitted, but it was probably the most she could afford.
When you look at this from a spiritual perspective, that little bit was worth more than all of the others who put in much more money.
Too often, in this world, we judge others by their income or possessions.  We judge by what they can contribute.  But Christ sees things differently.  When we give what we can, it will somehow be enough.  He judges our hearts and our intents, not our pocketbooks.   


  1. thanks for this -- I need to be reminded that we are all on different levels and paths and be thankful for the contributions of others. I cannot always know how someone else feels.

  2. I love this story. There have been so many times when I just couldn't give...time, energy, etc. This ecouraged me that as long as I was giving was I was able, I was okay. Some people can throw a ton of cash in the offering plate, but have hard hearts. Just because a person gives a higher amount of money certainly does not mean they have given more.