I tried to make a video message for Christmas and had multiple attempts to make it the best that I could but all I could say to myself was –it’s not going to work… I may not make it…the words aren’t flowing. I even wondered if my Christmas message would be significant enough in the midst of hundreds of great messages streaming through social media at Christmas? I did not feel skilled enough to try something new and creative.
As I was ready to quit my plan of making a video message for Christmas, a story from the Bible which I had read a few days back during my devotion time caught hold of my thoughts and served as a great encouragement to my heart.
It’s the story of a widow who offers her two very small copper coins to the temple treasury. It’s a very familiar story for all of us.
Mark 12: 41-44
41Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury.Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
I am sure, before putting her two small copper coins into the temple treasury, this widow might have felt hesitant as all the people around her were giving big amounts. Perhaps, she wished that no one would notice her small offering. But this small offering which she gave, was heard in heaven. Even if no one took notice of her small gift, Jesus did – because she had given out of her poverty; all she had to live on. She had given out of her devotion to God.
Have you ever felt you have very little to offer to God? Whether it’s your talents, your assets, your time, your skills or anything – you name it!
You may be wondering if your gift is going to make any difference. You may be thinking that others might undermine your offering.
Many times, our small attempts, our small beginnings can serve a big purpose in the kingdom of God. Like this poor widow’s story which became a great example to follow by many generations. We may feel what we do for God is insignificant compared to what others do for Him. But what seems small for us is noticed by God. He sees our heart and not the size of our gift. He doesn’t measure our giving like the world does. He simply delights in the gifts we offer out our love and devotion to Him.
As you prepare your heart for the Christmas season, what gift will you offer to the Baby born in the manger?
Dear Father! Thank you for delighting in the gift which I offer to you out of my love & devotion. Thank you for seeing my heart and not the size of my gift. Help me not to belittle my small offering but see it the way you do. I pray, it will be used for your glory. In Jesus name, amen!