A Sermon for Covenant
“Giving from the Center”
Covenant Baptist Church, San Antonio
November 11, 2012
Kyndall Rae Renfro
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“‘Tis better to give than to receive,” is what they always tell you, but that hasn’t always been my experience. As a child, it was always the thought of the presents I would receive that woke me bright and early Christmas morning, rather than the gifts I was giving. I remember the impetus to give great gifts as a child was there, but the follow-through was sometimes lacking. Like the year I decided to give my little sister my blankie for Christmas—it was a grand gesture as my most prized possession, but eventually I had to ask her to give it back so I could sleep at night. At a very young age, I learned that giving could hurt.
In our story today, Jesus did a curious thing: he sat down and watched the temple treasury. Why? Why sit down there and why watch? I cannot imagine Jesus picked that spot in order to play judge or so he could gossip later about who gave what. I imagine Jesus came to that place not with a scrutinous eye but with a curious one. I don’t think he was scanning wildly for a sermon illustration; he was just being observant. Jesus was as interested in people as a bird-watcher is interested in birds or a photographer is interested in light. Jesus was mildly curious to see what would happen if he watched the coffer and the people who passed it, and a dash of gentle curiosity is often all you need to find your way to a discovery. And what Jesus learned from the widow that day was so extraordinary, it became a story worth repeating. Read more →