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BE FAITHFUL IN THE SMALL THINGS

“Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.  Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.” – Mark 12:41-44.

Have you ever watched successful people? They all have at least one thing in common. Some people view things as trivial, but they view them as meaningful. The non-essentials seem to be essentials. We can learn from that viewpoint as Christians. Because with God, there are no little churches. There are no little people. There are no little tasks.

In Mark 12 we read that Jesus was in a place He could observe the actions of the worshipers who came to offer their gifts. Many rich people put in large sums, but then a poor widow quietly came to one of the boxes and let the two coins fall softly into the box with no noise or notice from those who hurried around her. She put in two small copper coins, which were less than a penny in today’s terms.

Jesus notices the small things. No one took notice of the widow who gave her whole livelihood except Jesus.  He saw the heart of a servant in the woman. Life was hard for the widow and giving up the small amount was a large sacrifice for her but she gave. It was not a matter of pride, for there was nothing to brag about.  Jesus says that she, “….has given everything she had to live on.”

The lesson from Jesus is not the amount of the offering but the offering of the richness of her heart. Jesus looks for the small things in life that define our character. He notices the small deeds of kindness, words of encouragement, thoughts of prayers, and those things that come from a heart that trusts in the love of God. He is a God of small things, too. Or rather, He is a God for whom nothing is small when it matters to His children.

In doing the little things, one becomes Christlike. You must remember that Jesus never pastored a large church. He was never a president, governor, or mayor. He took time for little children. He told simple stories about a flower, a bird,  a lost coin, and a young man who ran away from home. He takes note of a bird that falls. He clothes the lilies of the field. He is even interested in each hair on our heads. Hence, if we would be Christlike, we too must be willing to do the small things.

Discussion Questions:

1. Why is it so easy to neglect the small things in life?
2. What small things can we do this week?

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