Head » Learning the Story
This month in Renew Kids we are learning about many of the stories that were told about Jesus in the gospels as he and his disciples headed towards Jerusalem in preparation for passover. The story we are looking at this week is The Widows Gift. We are looking at what the true heart is behind our giving. Some gave much, but this woman gave all that she had, and as a result she was commended by Jesus.
Our story occurs in the temple court where Jesus points out a poor widow as she places two mites (small copper coins worth less than a penny) into the temple offering box. Jesus commends the widow and compares her to the rest of the people who gave “out of their abundance”. He tells us that she literally gave everything she had to live on. Read the full story and Jesus’ words here: Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4
- Where did people put the offerings they were giving to God? (in the offering boxes)
- How was the money in the offering box used? (to take care of the people who served in the temple, to help people in need)
- Who gave only two small copper coins? (a poor woman whose husband had died)
- What did Jesus say about her offering? (she gave more than all those giving to the temple treasury)
- Why did the widow give all she had? » The widow
loved God more than money.
Heart » Family Discussion
Reading and discussing stories about Jesus’ interactions with people in the bible can lead to interesting conversations with your children about what God desires of us. Take some time to think through this story and discuss, as a family, how these scriptures impact our understanding of what and who God is asking us to be.
- What is something new you learned or that stood out to you in this story?
- What do you think other people thought about the widow’s offering? Did they even notice?
- Do you think that she knew that Jesus was watching her?
- Do you think the widow was worried about what other people thought?
- What did God think about her offering?
- Why did she give everything she had? She had two, she could have kept one.
- Who was she trusting in? How is this like our salvation?
- In what ways do you think she was blessed by God in bringing everything she had?
- What does this story mean for our lives today? How should we give?
Hands » The Word at Work
The Bible says that God’s Word does not return to Him void without accomplishing what He wills (Isaiah 55:11). Spend some time as a family and ask God how He wants you to live out what He is teaching you through scripture. Then make a plan to do it!
- Trust God. Think about some of the areas in our life where we have a hard time trusting God (money, time, relationships, salvation, etc). Consider writing them down. Spend time reading the bible to be reminded of what God has promised us regarding those specific areas of our life. Pray for His Spirit to give us willingness to let go in areas where we hold tightly to things. Pray for specific direction in those areas for how the Lord would want us to change (give, forgive, give something up). Revisit the list a week later to see how Jesus is working in us to make us more like Him.
Additional family resources:
Each week we will include a family resource for parents as they seek to disciple their children to love and follow Jesus.
- This week’s resource is: The Action Bible
Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there is your heart.” —Matthew 6:21