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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
In contrast to the way most of us handle our money, this widow gave all she had to live on. When we consider ourselves generous in giving a small percentage of our income to the Lord, we resemble those who gave “a tiny part of their surplus.” Here, Jesus admired her generous and sacrificial giving. As believers, we should consider increasing our giving–whether money, time, or talents–to a point beyond mere convenience. (NLT)
Luke 21:1-4 – While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people putting their gifts into the collection box. Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two pennies. “I assure you,” he said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”
[Jesus] called a child, whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” — Matthew 18:2-3 (NRSV)
Pavel Serdukov (Moscow, Russia) titled his story “LIKE A CHILD;” here is a portion of Pavel’s story:
“Recently my son David realized that we would no longer have a place to live because our landlord had asked us to move out immediately. With a serious expression, David came to me and said, ‘Daddy, I have a piggy bank, and there is a lot of change there. I will give everything to you. You can rent a new apartment, and we can live there.’ I thanked him and embraced him, but I told him that his money was not enough; we needed much more. . .
“When Jesus calls us to be like children, he has precisely such qualities in mind: a sincere faith, sacrifice without the slightest greed, and unselfish love. . .”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God is amazingly generous to the generous.
Prayer: Dear God, our Father, help us to realize that everything we have in this life comes from you. Help us to be sacrificial as we give to your church and to those in need. Amen.
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