Yak Pak Week of March 14th – 20th

Posted: March 12, 2015 in Uncategorized
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The Widows Offering

Our hope is for our kids to know that: The Lord looks into the heart of our offering

Key Verse:
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7

(Open the bible and read to your child Luke 20:45—21:9) Jesus traveled among us teaching everyone to have faith. He wanted us to not only believe in Him and who He is, but also to trust him. He saw this trust in the widow, who gave all she had. She didn’t do it to get recognition or in hopes of God giving her riches in return, but simply to worship God. She trusted that He would provide all of her needs. This is in contrast to the teachers of the law who gave out of their surplus and then bragged to others through their prayers of how holy and righteous they are. God knows the heart, and He wants us to give out of love.

The Jesus Connection:
How does today’s Bible story fit into God’s greater plan of redemption?

Mark’s description of the widow’s offering (Mark 12:41–44) contains an additional detail: Jesus purposefully “sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box.” Having spoken against the hypocrisy of the teachers of the law who devour widows, now Jesus used a widow as an example of sincere faith.

Each of us has a choice to make. Will we be like the widow who entrusted her life to God or like the rich who trusted in their riches? Are we willing to entrust everything we have to God, or is our faith limited to that which does not cost us? Jesus knows what is in our hearts. He can see by our actions who or what we really worship. Jesus died on the cross to set us free from the love of money and replace it with love for him. When our hearts are changed by his grace, it is easy to give back to him because we trust him with our lives.


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