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Lost My Faith and found a penny

posted 12 Nov 2012, 03:17 by Mark Broomhead   [ updated 12 Nov 2012, 04:25 ]
Sometimes I wish I had the eyes of my friends who have no experience of church. Sometimes I wish i could look through eyes that are not clouded by the christianity that has been built by the greeks, romans and even the english with their cultural baggage and assumptions.
Sometimes I wish I could loose my faith and discover it again just sat at Jesus' feet undistracted by the world in which I live.

So im my head as I read this weeks reading I tried to do it with fresh eyes.

Mark 12

38 As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.(AH) 40 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put(AJ) and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.

43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

Why are we so obsessed with being seen to be "good" and Clever, better than those around us?
What are the robes flap around in so that people are impressed, so that God will be so impressed with us? Why do we act like that in Jesus' name when he quite simply points out here that it is the opposite of what he wants? 
Doh!
No matter how big, clever, talented, rich, important, impressive, loving, kind, charitable...............etc. etc. etc.... we think we are, it will never be enough for God. He has seen it all before.
But no matter how broken, useless, talentless, poor, stupid........................etc. etc. etc...... we think we are, it will always be enough for God.

Isn't it time we stopped pretending and were honest with ourselves and God, then we can truly offer all we have no matter how little we think it is. It is there that we will find the greatest treasure.
 
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