We live in a world where numbers mean a lot to most people. Big bank balances, bulging retirement accounts, and mega churches that boast large numbers seem to be the measure of success in our day. This was not true with Jesus.
“And He sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box” (Mark 12:41–43). The impact of this single widow was greater than all the others put together!
“And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach” (Mark 3:14). Of these twelve disciples, two men are said to “have turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). The gospel spread from Jerusalem to Rome in 25 years. We could list hundreds of examples of what God is doing today in secret, that begins with what is small and unseen.
It was not the amount this widow had or how many disciples were released into evangelism and the planting churches that made the difference. It was their total commitment to give and serve with what God had given them that made the difference. You will never know how much God will do through you until you surrender everything you have and are to Him, and not concern yourself with the results. “ONLY GOD…GIVES THE GROWTH!” (1 Corinthians 3:7).
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