Let’s begin with a great riddle:  When is a mite worth more than all the money in the world?  Ok, maybe it isn’t a GREAT riddle.

Thanksgiving has come and gone.  Next is Christmas.  Before that was Black Friday and Cyber Monday (and Tuesday, Wednesday…).  What is the point of those days?  Go big or go home!  Buy all these gifts (at a discount) then you will have a great Christmas!  Unless you get the newest TV or shiniest car (Do people actually buy cars for their loved ones for Christmas?!?!), you will not enjoy the holiday as much.

Kind of makes giving a 6 pack of socks seem like a terrible gift.

Do you ever feel that way when it comes to…your service to God?

We read it in the news: Professional athlete donates millions to help people suffering from the recent catastrophe. Billionaire builds shelter for homeless.  Those stories make our mundane routines – changing diapers, visiting sick relatives, saying “HI” to a stranger with special needs or wrestling with the kids to get them to quiet down so you can at least hear ONE word at church – seem so insignificant.

Take this story from the Bible.  Jesus and the disciples were in the temple. People were walking by and putting their offering in the plates.  You can almost imagine the scene – the sights of people who were placing larger amounts which perhaps made the plate heavy to hold.  Perhaps there was also the sound of the large coins clanging against the other large coins.  One by one they gave their offerings.

Then she came.  She wasn’t very important.  Where was her husband?  He had died.  As society and social class would dictate at that time, a widow really was not important.  Her social status was very low.  Perhaps she didn’t even earn any money as her husband more than likely was the “bread winner” of the family.  But, he was gone.

All these important people were making their way to the offering plate.  Perhaps she had to wait her turn.  Maybe she tried to get to the plate earlier, but the important people would come before her.  Finally, she was at her desired destination. Her hand wasn’t full of coins; there were only two.  Perhaps they were so small that the noise they made when they hit the bottom was just a high-pitched sound; perhaps they made no sound at all.  What a tiny, insignificant gesture compared to all the rest!  Why would she even bother? This act would make no difference.  Her amount wouldn’t even help keep the lights on for ONE second.

Maybe most of the other people didn’t even notice her.  But, Jesus noticed her: “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:43-44).

Why did she give?  Why did Jesus say this about her?  She trusted in God.  She loved her Savior God.  It was done out of faith and love to God.  Insignificant to the world…but not to God.

Do you ever feel like you wish you could do more?  I suppose if you are capable of doing more and you don’t, that would be a sin.  But, do you ever look at how others are serving God and wish you could be more like them?  Are you afraid that God will tell others as they enter heaven, “Well done my FAITHFUL servant” but when it comes to you, “Well…good try”?

When is a mite worth more than all the money in the world?  When it is done out of love to God, trusting in him and giving glory to him.

Don’t think of your mundane routines as insignificant because God doesn’t see them at way.  Look at what GOD is doing through you.  Remember this story – Jesus is separating the sheep from the goats on the Last Day.  He tells the sheep to come into his heaven and reminds them of all the special things they did.  The sheep didn’t even remember doing that.  Jesus ends by saying, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:34-40).

So, when looking at your life and what you do, remember that when you do any service in Jesus’ name, you are doing it for him.  And, Jesus notices! It is not insignificant to him.