North Way Christian Community Church in Pittsburgh, PA

Week 4 – Devotional 3

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Scripture: Mark 12:41-44

Jesus makes a statement here that, taken literally, is demonstrably untrue: “she has put more into the treasury than all the others.” From a mathematical standpoint she contributed far less money than each other donor. But Jesus is referring to the spiritual significance of the gifts! To God—who sees our hearts—her gift was much more important. Why? Not because she simply gave a larger percentage of her net worth than they did; rather, since she recognized that everything she had was God’s, she could give it all back to him. The rich donors viewed most of their money as their own, to do with as they pleased.

REFLECT

If you were asked to evaluate your own level of generosity, how would you go about doing so, i.e. what factors would you consider?

Is there an area of your life or possessions that you do not fully consider to be owned and entrusted to you by God?

RESPOND

Write a letter to God acknowledging that he is the true owner of everything you possess—especially anything you identified in the previous question.

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