Food for Thought|
by George Sinkie
ever considered the widows mite? Occasionally you will hear
of a Widows Mite collection? This means give a little,
just give your change. In reality, that is about as far from what
the widows mite was as you can get. The widows mite is
mentioned in Mark 12 and in Luke 21.
Lets look at it from Mark 12:41-44,
where it says in the NASB, And
He (Jesus) sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the multitude
were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting
in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins,
which amount to a cent. And calling His disciples to Him, He said
to them, Truly
I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the
treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her
poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.
The term mite
KJV, in the NASB is small
copper coins. The Greek
word used here is lepta. These coins were smaller in size than our
dimes. In value, they were individually worth 1/128th of a days
wage. If we figured $8.00/hour, eight hours/day, this would be $.50.
A small value for sure, but the key to this
is found in Mark 12:44. This widow did not just give some pocket change,
in all she owned, all she had to live on.
The reason Jesus complimented her was because her gift showed a total
reliance upon God to take care of her. The others gave out of
their surplus, but she gave out of her poverty. Does God
get your pocket change or does He get your all?