Background: Mark writes to involve the reader in the intensity of the miraculous life of Christ. He focuses more on what Jesus does than what He says, especially His service and sacrifice.
Jesus loved to teach His disciples about the Kingdom of God by using examples they saw in everyday life. One day they sat watching people put their gifts into the collection box in the temple. Many came and gave large sums, but then a woman came and put in only pennies. What lesson could be learned from this?
Ask the children…
What amazing thing did Jesus tell His disciples?
“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.’” (Mark 12:43)
How could this be wondered His disciples. She only put in two small coins. What was Jesus’ explanation?
“For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.” (Mark 12:44)
It is one thing to give out of an abundance, but quite another to give everything we have. This woman was completely dependent upon the Lord before and after she gave all that she had. God isn’t worried about the amount we give away, but the heart and faith that go along with it. This poor woman demonstrated the heart of one who believed that God, the one who was all the wealth in the universe, would take care of her.
Ask your children if they trust God to take care of all their needs? Do they show it by how they use their resources? Are they free to let others borrow their things and give to God from what they receive? Ask God to give you a heart of faith like the woman who gave all that she had because she believed in the God who has has all our needs in His heart.
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