October 27, 2018

JESUS’ GRACE with COMMON FOLK: “Whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 18:4). Jesus was known for His patience with the disadvantaged and His love for common folk. “He erected three monuments to humble service: a cup of cold water, a widow’s two mites, and the gift of spikenard which the woman brought to Him.” In each instance we have an illustration of a sacrifice measured, not by it’s value in the public market, but as treasured by the heart of God. Of the simple offering of a cup of water, He said that such a giver “shall in no way lose his reward” (Mt 10:42). Of the widow casting in all her meager living, He assessed, “This poor widow has put in more than all” (Lk 21:2). And the giver of the perfume He memorialized in these words, “Wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her” (Mt 26:13). We do well to remember that God does not measure as men do.