The Widow's Mite

Posted on 01/08/17 by John Lindell in The Gospel of Mark: Servant King

In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares a strengthening sermon titled, “The Widow’s Mite.” Join us as we read the story of the widow in the temple in Mark 12:41-44 and hear valuable teaching on worshipping the Lord with our giving. Our prayer is that this message would encourage you to honor God in every area of your life.

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The Widow’s Mite

Mark 12:41 ESV
41And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums.

Malachi 3:10 NIV
10Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

Mark 12:41 ESV
41And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums.

Mark 12:42 ESV
42And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.

Mark 12:43-44 ESV
43And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

1st – She had a heart for the things of God

2nd – She refused to make excuses for herself

3rd – She wanted to participate in worship

4th – She did more than was commanded

Leviticus 27:30 NLT
30“One-tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the lord and must be set apart to him as holy.

Leviticus 27:30 NIV
30“ ‘A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.

Matthew 23:23 NLT
23“What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.

Proverbs 3:9-10 NLT
9Honor the lord with your wealthand with the best part of everything you produce. 10Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.

Proverbs 11:24 NLT
24Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything.

5th – How we handle money is a reflection of the condition of our heart

Matthew 6:21 NIV
21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

2 Corinthians 8:1-3 NIV
1And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own.

2 Corinthians 8:5 NIV
5And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.