THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2017
Key Bible Verse: “This poor widow gave more to the collection than all the others put together. All the others gave what they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford — she gave her all.” (Mark 12:43-44, The Message)
Dig Deeper: Mark 12:41-44; 2 Corinthians 8:7-8
Sacrificial givers don’t just believe that the things of this world don’t matter; they live that way. More than simply acknowledging with their words that material things aren’t what it’s about, they actually see possessions as merely tools that God provides for us to advance his kingdom on earth.
Sacrificial giving doesn’t mean you toss everything to the wind and have nothing. In fact, many sacrificial givers are quite wealthy—they just don’t live like it’s their goal. They have so much, and know they’re merely God’s stewards of it, that they delight in sharing it. They love and trust God so much that they have no problem with letting go of what he’s temporarily given them to take care of.
When you hear people say, “I don’t really have enough to give,” what they’re actually saying is that they don’t feel like they have enough extra, enough left over, that they can give without adjusting their lifestyle. However, the truth is that you always have something you can give. And the less you have, the more your sacrifice means. Jesus observed the widow who gave all she had as an offering at the temple and considered it so amazing that he shared its significance with his disciples (today’s Key Bible Verses).
– Craig Groeschel in Weird
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