The setting:
Herod's Temple, court of the women, could hold roughly 15,000 people.  One section is set aside for receiving Temple gifts. 13 large, brazen receptacles, sometimes called "trumpets." Only copper coins are used, and they aren't worth much. The rich put in hundreds and thousands of them, making lots of noise on the metal "trumpets."

The woman was a widow.  She had lost her husband, her breadwinner. She had very little, but she gave it. The widow's mite didn't make much of a clink - Except with Jesus.

"Stewardship" is to live rightly in God's sight.  Not only with money, but in everything.

Lessons of Stewardship
The Lord is always watching. 
He sees everything.  He misses nothing. And He sees not only what we do, but our hearts as well.  He saw the widow's small gift, and He saw her big heart
   
Motives are more important than measures to God. 
Some gave to be seen and heard.  The widow gave entirely out of her love for God and His house.  A heart for God is more important than a heart for self.  A heart for God is "more" to Jesus.

Matthew 6:2-4
"When therefore you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you."

1 Corinthians 13:3
"And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing."

Nothing, not even economic hardship, will stifle spiritual dedication.
It may not seem reasonable for the poor widow to give away all she had to live on.  But neither reason, nor poverty could quell her spiritual dedication to God.

Stewardship says. "What I have is really yours, Lord.  How do you want me to administer it."

A faithful steward can never say to God:  I can't give. I can't give my time. I don't have enough time.  I can't give of myself. I have nothing to give.

Stewardship is a cross.  A death to our ways.  A submission to God's ways. 

God desires givers more than gifts.
Stewardship is more than giving, it is living God's way in all things.

We need to live as if Christ were bodily with us every moment.  He Is with us always - watching.

God will not leave givers with pure hearts destitute
I believe with all my heart that the Lord provided for that poor widow.

Malachi 3:10
10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.

Luke 6:38
38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

I shovel money out, and God shovels it backů
but God has a bigger shovel! - R.G LeTourneau

We are Blessed for Eternity When We Give
Matthew 6:19-21
19 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 10:42
42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.

I judge all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity. - John Wesley


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By Pastor John

Mark 12:41-44
"And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the multitude were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. And calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, 'Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on."