Which is greater in value, a few cents or a million dollars?
One can easily answer million dollars, of course. In our world now where we measure everything against its worth, equivalent or value in terms of currency, we can undoubtedly see things as valued by how much was it worth to get or purchased.
But there is one account in the Bible where Jesus actually put more value on a few cents over larger sums of money. And it made me also think about my life now and I want to share it with you.
In Mark 12, we read that Jesus Christ sat down opposite a place where the temple offerings were being put. At that vantage point, Jesus was able to watch the people putting in their money into the temple treasury. There are, of course, some rich people who put in large sums of money. But one tither captured Jesus’ attention.
But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents (Mark 12:42 NIV).
A poor widow captured His attention–a poor widow who came in the temple, took out her purse and slid two small copper coins into the tithe box. The value of her offering amounted only to a few cents.
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:44 NIV)
See, the things that amount of greatest value in our lives are any of these:
- What we find hard to give or let go – What is one thing that you find difficulty surrendering to God? Is it career? A relationship? An old habit? Comfort zones? Why, when it comes to things such as these, we wrestle with the Lord? What is in these things that we find it hard to let them go of our grips? This is in reality an issue of pride and control. When we can turnover to God everything in our lives except for one thing, it is like saying to God’s face, my way, not Yours. I am god, not You. I can handle this relationship better than You. I do not trust You.
- What we find hard not to live without – It is also an issue of idolatry, when we see temporary things in this world far more worthy than the joy in Christ. I have frequently shared with the ladies I am discipling this quick checklist to assess if something/someone in their lives is/has already become an idol. Is it what you think about when you first opened your eyes in the morning? Is it the last thing on your mind before you fall asleep at night? Is it something/someone where a large part of your resources (money, time, energy) is spent? When we truly set Jesus as the Lord of our lives, nothing in this world can equate His place in our hearts. We can live our lives with full assurance of His love. We will not be overly dependent or slaved to the things that we idolize because we know that a greater glory awaits us in Heaven someday.
- What we only have – This is an issue of trust, reliance and total dependence. When almost everything is taken from us in the life we live now, are we even willing to offer God what is left of us? Are we going to withhold God of the only thing that is dear to us? Are we going to cling onto the poverty that we have, not relying on the assurance that God is a great provider?
Giving God everything that we have is not a matter of God being in need or stingy over His blessings. Giving God everything is an utterance of worship to His sovereignty, abundance and greatness.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (Mark 12:30 NIV)
God desires our 100%. He does not want 85% of your heart, 75% of your soul, 50% of your mind and 60% of your strength. He desires all or nothing. This is our proper response to His grace, which allowed us to be reconciled with Him, without us deserving it first. Jesus has paid dearly for our eternal life, giving everything of all He had, body, blood and His life.
Reflect on this devotional and share with me what God has impressed on you!
- What does the 2 cents represent in your life now?
- What is that thing that you value most now?
- How did this story affect you?