Put in Everything – Are You? Word of God Speak Linkup
While reading the 4th lesson in Lent my eye caught, “put in everything”. I am trying to remember that. I want to watch that I am ready to put in everything every day.
S – Say the passage out loud: Check other versions.
“I will tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on (Mark 12:43-44, NIV).”
I – Interpretation – Check footnotes, references and commentaries. Find out all you can about the passage. When? Where? Why?
Jesus is speaking. This passage follows Jesus’ speaking to the people and telling them to beware of the teachers of the law that they devour widows’ houses and make a show of lengthy prayers.
The temple treasury – was in a court of women. Men and women were allowed in this court but women could go no farther. There were 13 trumpet-shaped receptacles for contributions.
Here is my Bible Journalling for this week.
The coins the old woman donated were very small, the smallest of currency in circulations.
Here are a couple of good references about the coinage:
Two mites? Prutah? I found the articles fascinating.
Reference: 2 Corinthians 8:12
“I tell you the truth” is spoken by Jesus in many places. He used it to strengthen His assertions.
M- Make a list of thoughts, questions and ideas.
When I saw the part about the widows I thought of all those people who are exploited by others – human trafficking as well as the aged, including widows.
Then the words “put everything in” really grabbed me. That doesn’t have to mean only money. I believe it means to put in your whole self – to give over everything to follow Jesus. It reminded me of my blog post about Kyle Idleman’s book, Not a Fan.
All of my life is yours, Lord. Thinking beyond the dollars.
I ask: What do I put into His treasury?
- my time
- my thoughts
- my ideas
- writing to expand my knowledge
God wants us to be prudent with our time, talents and givings. But He also wants us to trust HIm. He watches how we spend His money. He watches if we are wise or foolish.
This is where the exploitation of widows comes in.
There are those who prey on the elderly, particularly those who are alone. This is wrong. This is abuse. (click to tweet)
God does tell us to be cheerful givers. I think when the Holy Spirit prompts us we need to be ready to give of our time, talents or finances. He will tell you even when to give beyond.
He asks for total submission. Jesus said that, “she gave everything”. (click to tweet)
What are your thoughts?
P- Pray for God’s Guidance This is a silent time of prayer, listening to God Speak. When you have finished writing all your thoughts, questions and ideas then take time for prayer.
L- Life Application – Write down what you heard God speak (no matter how different from your own thoughts previously).
I heard, “give without expecting to get anything back”. I thought of the pay it forward movement – a way to give anonymously.
So in all things that I do this week, I will look for ways to give – without expecting anything in return.
E- Exit with a prayer of confirmation, forgiveness, praise or acceptance.
Oh Father, once again Your Word has opened up some thinking for me. In what ways would You have me give? Give me a clear sense of what You want me to do. I promise to be watching and waiting for Your call. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
CALL TO ACTION
Are you frustrated with your spiritual life?
Do you want to meet Jesus and talk to Him?
Do you need friends to pray and study with together in a safe place?
I have TWO opportunities for you: