Jesus tells us over and over and over that the last shall be first and the first shall be last. But I don’t think our puny human brains actually get it. These past couple of weeks the kids have been hearing different parables from Jesus in Sunday School reiterating that concept.
Last week they were reminded of how Jesus welcomed the little children and told all the adults they needed to be like the kids. He was quickly become a celebrity and everyone wanted to hear what he had to say. The high class pharisees thought they should get front row seats but Jesus surprised them by welcoming the working class, who in turn tried to keep the beggers/lepers/and sick from getting close enough to touch Jesus. In the midst of all this, in their natural curiosity, the kids wanted to see him up close and personal. While the adults argued and tried their best to keep the kids away, Jesus welcomed them with open arms.
This week they will hear about the widow’s mite. A mite was equivalent to basically two pennies in our day but Jesus pointed out that she gave way more as an offering than the rich men who had essentially put in hundreds of dollars. The difference? “They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:44)
Jesus tells us that through our weaknesses he is made strong. We don’t have to have it together. We don’t need to make a lot of money or live in the right neighborhood. God uses us, as broken as we are, to do great things. But we have to be willing to give him everything- all that we have to live on.
That’s a huge risk! One that I can’t honestly say is an easy ‘yes’! But one that I am prayerfully striving towards.
Children’s Ministry Director