He noticed those who gave out of their wealth


Simple thoughts for💫
deeper meditation:

Mark:12-44

He called His disciples together and said to them, “I tell you that this poor widow put more in the offering box than all the others

⚡ One day Jesus sat down by the collection box in the temple to watch people drop in their offerings. He did it deliberately. He noticed those who gave out of their wealth, and then He watched a poor widow stopped by to drop in her two-cent offering.

⚡ But in Jesus’ eyes, it is an offering beyond any ordinary measure. So He called His disciples and made a point of the largeness of her gift.

⚡ Somebody has calculated that the two cents offered by the widow is equal to Rs. 4.70 according to its present day value, which is not enough to buy a cup of tea in many parts of India.

⚡ But Jesus declared her gift greater than the rest. (V:43) He pronounced it because, “others gave out of their wealth, but she, out of her poverty, put in everything- all she had to live on”

⚡ Do you ever feel like you have little or nothing to offer ? It is a miserable feeling. But God counts differently than people do.
There was something about that woman’s heart that determined the value of what she had to offer to God.

⚡ Although the widow’s story focuses on financial offerings, every act of giving can be an expression of worship and loving obedience. Like the widow, we honour God with intentional, generous, and sacrificial gifts given from whatever He has already given us. When we present God the best of our time, talents, or treasure with hearts motivated by love, we are lavishing Him with offerings of priceless worship.

With David, let us say, “What shall I return to the Lord for all His goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord” (Psalm: 116:12, 13)

Dr. Thomas David.

Keep watch for one hour. Mark 14:37

Jesus was with his disciples in the garden of Gethsemane, when He told Peter, James and John “My soul is crushed by sorrow to the point of death .Stay here and watch with me”

Jesus went a little further, fell to the ground and prayed.Jesus experienced pain that we all face. He sought the support of His people and His Father.

He woke up His sleeping disciples. Disciples gave in to physical fatigue, Their flesh was weak. Peter and other disciples failed to keep watch and pray, the only thing that would have saved them from failing at their time of testing.vs 50. They deserted Him and fled.

Failure in our Christian life is absolutely certain without prayer

Cynthia Sathiaraj
Chennai

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