A Right Sense of Values

An incident is recorded in the twelfth chapter of Mark's Gospel that throws light upon the Master's sense of values. He observed that in casting money into the treasury, the rich cast in much. A certain widow, however, threw in two mites, the equivalent of a farthing, worth about a quarter of an English penny. Jesus used this as an occasion to bring to his disciples a discriminating sense of the value of her gift, explaining that she had cast more in than the rest, "For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living."

We often make observations from the standpoint of externals, comparing great with small, or much with little, and these comparisons have a determining effect upon our attitudes and interests. But in the spiritual realm, which is measureless, everything reflects infinity.

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