The Value of Small Things

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Whether it’s a few pennies, a few loaves and fishes, or a minuscule mustard seed, Jesus is able to take small, ordinary things and multiply them into much more than we can imagine.

As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. "Truly I tell you," he said, "this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on." Luke 21:1–4, NIV

"Let  me throw in my two cents.” I’ve said it often in conversation. Sadly, my best often feels like two cents’ worth, especially when the needs of others seem mammoth. A friend battles cancer. A child has a learning disability. A spouse loses a job. A parent faces Alzheimer’s. I want to help, but can my quiet prayers, meager strength and tiny acts of love really make a difference?

By myself, what I have to offer seems insignificant. Yet when the poor widow gave her two copper coins, Jesus saw the love and sacrifice and praised her gift. In fact, Jesus often reminds us of the value of small things. I love the fact that God’s economy is upside down. Whether it’s a few pennies, or fishes and loaves, or a minuscule mustard seed, Jesus is able to take small, ordinary things and multiply them into more than we can imagine. The widow could have felt paralyzed by her poverty. She could have made excuses, could have justified not giving. Yet she put all she had into God’s hands. Today, when I’m faced with a problem or need beyond my ability to solve, I want to put my two cents into Jesus’ hands and offer all that I am for His use.

FAITH STEP: Prayerfully choose a ministry in your church or community and send a contribution, even if all you can share seems tiny. Ask God to multiply your efforts.

Contributed by Sharon Hinck

 

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