Luke 21:1-4: Jesus looked up and saw some rich people putting their gifts to God into the Temple collection box. 2 Then he saw a poor widow put two small copper coins into the box. 3 He said, “This poor widow gave only two small coins. But the truth is, she gave more than all those rich people. 4 They have plenty, and they gave only what they did not need. This woman is very poor, but she gave all she had to live on.” ERV
Last Friday, we went to Newton, Texas, to have an “Oasis Weekend”. We had Vacation Bible School, we worked in the Food Pantry of Newton, we repaired houses for people who were too old or too broke to do it themselves. Friday night we had a party for all the kids in town, and on Saturday night we had a “drive-in movie” on the church lawn; Despicable Me 2. We slept and ate at the Servant United Methodist Church. (fka First UMC of Newton). The church is small, populated by mostly very old faithful people, and a few kids. Not much money. So every year for the last nine years, we’ve taken a bunch of teenagers (and some preteens) up there for a weekend in East Texas.
Nothing much happened. And what did happen was small, almost microscopic, to the great big world out there. My momma would’ve said, “It didn’t amount to a hill of beans.” But you know something? A bunch of God was happening. A bunch of people were touched by God, down in the bottom of their little ole hearts. Tears were shed over the way the Spirit was moving in that place. I never saw the like of it. I’m gonna keep going back as long as the Lord lets me get up.
The point about the widow and the two small coins: in the KJV it calls them the widow’s ‘mites’; and the lesson is that she gave the most because she gave all she had. While I was sitting in church on Sunday morning in Newton, I kept thinking about how this weekend in Newton was such a small thing, but how it meant so much to Jesus and to everyone who experienced it. It was a gift very much like the widow’s mites.
So even though you may think you have a very small ability, and a very small part to play in God’s plan, go on and use it! go on and play your part! Maybe nobody but you and God are paying any attention. But that’s enough.