Notes by Pastor Sharon Williams from the St. Augustine meeting June 2021
21 Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, 2 and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins.3 And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. 4 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:1-4 (ESV)
Taking care of widows and orphans was the responsibility of the Synagogue. This was a rebuke to the leaders and praise for this woman.
The Widow with 2 mites (small copper coins)
Out of her poverty, she gave all she had. This widow understood that everything she had was given to her by God and all that she had was only because of God’s gift to her, therefore, everything is His to begin with.
Everything is His
Rich man story from Mark 10:17-22 “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Sell all you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.
Widow of Zarephath 1Kings 17: 8-16
Give to me a cake of bread first (Elijah) He prophesied to her that she would not run out of oil or flour.
Why does God require our willingness to give Him everything?
Bowl of Rice story
What are you holding onto? Money, family, talent?
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About the Author
Sharon has been in ministry for over 46 years. She and her husband Daniel are founders of Go to Nations, a missionary sending agency currently working in 106 countries. Sharon has been to 76 countries around the world. As an ordained minister, she was a part of the Christ the Redeemer Church Executive staff for 20 years.
In 2010, Sharon began Act 4 the Nations, a non-profit organization working on 5 continents to help women attain a better way of life by partnering with missionaries and Anti-Human Trafficking organizations.
Her areas of expertise include principle-centered teaching, prophetic prayer, missions, and mentoring leaders.
Sharon has been married for 47 years, has four children, thirteen grandchildren and one great-grand. In addition to traveling around the world, Sharon enjoys shopping, (especially for shoes), girlfriends, and chocolate.