Long Distance Discipleship
“A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent.” Mark 12:42
Giving is a conduit through which redemption flows. God created human beings with the capacity to release great things through the act of giving. Through giving, one’s soul, will, affections, emotions, conscience, body and motives are all elevated. The earlier in life this lesson is learned and practiced, the greater the experience of God’s life. When giving is a way of life, and the call of God comes to give love of heart, soul, mind and strength to God, the act will not be foreign and the satisfaction of giving will not be a mystery.
Through the insignificant sound of two pings in the bottom of the treasury trumpet the truth is repeated: “For whosoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whosoever loses it for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” (Mark 8:35.)
The widow had given more than the others in proportion to her ability. The contributions of the wealthy were much less than their living, unlike the widow’s mite, which was “all her living.” The collection in the temple was a common place practice, but Jesus maximizes the simple gift of the widow. The two mites are transformed into two angels that watch over the giving in the church, as the cherubim did over the ark of the covenant. Jesus saw the many in the one sacrifice in the simple and much in the least.
The lesson here is not just for the pocketbook, but a principle for living. Not just for our wallet, but for our spiritual walk. It’s not what we think and feel and do on extraordinary moments that form our character, but the silent steady accumulation of desires, motives, and habits which drive the choices we make. Real lasting discipleship is not formed in the sporadically heroic moments, but in persevering well through trials and the mundane of everyday life.
Real discipleship takes shape, not by doing great things at one time, but by doing all we can at all times. A life of faith is one that gives generously, no matter the season or circumstance.
Stop hungering for the heroic and dedicate yourself to daily discipleship.