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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, July 4, 2020
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Today’s scripture reading:
[Giving can be our talents, time or money]
This widow gave all she had to live on, in contrast to the way most people handle their money. When we consider giving a certain percentage of our income a great accomplishment, we resemble those who gave “a tiny part of their surplus.” Here, Jesus was admiring generous and sacrificial giving. As believers, we should consider increasing our giving—whether of money, time, or talents—to a point beyond convenience or calculation. (NLT)
Mark 12:41-44 – Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.
Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”
Quoted verse: Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.” –Mark 12:43 (NRSV)
“Story” – Allen Goins (Florida, USA) titled his story “THE WIDOW’S OFFER;” here is Allen’s story:
“As a young Annapolis plebe disembarking from the USS Newport News to tour the old brick streets of Lisbon, Portugal, I saw an old man in dirty clothing begging on the curb. I did not understand Portuguese, but his gestures were clear. My heart was touched, and I wanted to give him some money. However, I realized that the recent currency conversion of my meager monthly salary had left me with bills larger than what I was willing to give. I went into a nearby retail shop to get change and immediately went back to that curb. The transaction could not have taken more than 15 minutes, yet the man was no longer in sight.
“I felt that I had been tested and had failed. Unwilling to give abundantly, I had wanted to offer only a comfortable amount. In my mind, the man in need was an angel – not necessarily sent to test me but to teach me the true meaning of the Lord’s message about giving. Sixty years later, I still remember that man and the lesson I learned. I am most thankful that even when I fail to give from the heart, the Lord still loves me and teaches me.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God is pleased when I give generously.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your constant presence, patience, and love. Help us to give generously to people in need. Amen.
Prayer Focus: TO GIVE GENEROUSLY
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