“Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped om their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.” MARK 12:41 (NLT)
This excerpt from the Gospel of Mark is almost always used in teachings about giving and how it doesn’t matter how much you give but the percentage of what you give in relation to what you have. However, the Lord gave me a different lesson after reading this passage the other day and it caused me to flip open my journal and write it down and meditate on it. It was this idea that sprung forth from reading the footnotes at the bottom of our Bibles, which I highly recommend doing, and particularly the one in connection with v. 42. It says, relating to the copper coins, “In the Greek two lepta, which make a kodrantes; a kodrantes was a Roman copper coin worth about 1/64th of a denarius (which was a day’s wage for a laborer)”
Now it was after I read that foot note where the Lord spoke something new to me that I never noticed before here. Just as the widow was symbolically trusting God with a portion of a days wage (others see as insignificant, Jesus views it as incredible) by giving monetarily we can do the same, but by using time as our currency. Jesus recognizes our efforts to spend time with Him, no matter how long or brief, and I believe He gets a kick out of us minimizing the time spent. I truly believe that He is simply thrilled to spend any time with us; that is how much He loves us. Jesus is worthy and time spent with Him is better than time spent doing anything else.
“All the money that the world could hold, mountains made of solid gold. Riches that could buy my dreams, You are better than all these things. You are better than all these things.” ~ Pat Barrett, Better
Lord Jesus thank you that you see us where we are. You love us and you are proud of us. Today, we give you this day and trust you will give us the sustenance we need.