How Important Is God to You?

“I assure you that this poor widow has put in more than everyone who’s been putting money in the treasury. All of them are giving out of their spare change. But she from her hopeless poverty has given everything she had, even what she needed to live on.”

Mark 12:43-44

Let’s go inside the Temple with Jesus and some of his disciples. You would think that the Temple leaders would be angry with Jesus, for just a few days before, he had turned over their tables with lots of money for the animals that people needed to buy for the holy feast of Passover. Still, Jesus is very bold and enters the Temple.

Stand by Jesus as he talks with you and his friends about what he sees going on. First he points out the leaders sitting and standing around in their places of honor wanting to show off to others how important they are. There they are, some sitting in their seats of honor, others and standing about making pious gestures meant to impress others. Actually, what is most important to them are themselves and how much they want other people to think they are holy.

Then, in another area, lots of people are standing in line coming to give their offering in the collection box. Jesus notices a very old lady, all bent over, waiting her turn to give her offering. Jesus knows what she is giving. What difference does Jesus make between her gift and those of all the others in line with their gifts?

How much of your own money are you willing to give to God when you go to church? God might even place it on your heart to give money instead of spending it on a video game you wanted to buy for yourself. When we give what is a sacrifice to us, it lets God and each one of us know how important God is in our lives…much more important than anything we would have spent with that money…certainly much more important than ourselves!

Today is 100 years since the Armistice that ended World War I.  Millions gave all that they had…their very lives.   Let us pray for the end of wars!

Mark 12:38-44

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Offering all that I am  v. 44
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the eleventh of thirteen weeks in the season of Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north.  Year B.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

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