Verse of the Day


"And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, ‘Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.’"

~Mark 12:41-44


Today's Devotional Thought

May 05, 2011 by Rachel Piferi



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Surplus or Sacrifice

I was watching television and a commercial came on that made me chuckle and then made me think. I can’t even tell you what the product was, but the point of the commercial was to get you to switch to their product to save money. And then at the end of the commercial, the actress says, “Because there are better things to spend your money on….like, shoes!”

I smiled because I love shoe shopping! But then I really started thinking about what I spend money on and what are those “better things to spend my money on.” And, I started to think about how we use our money and resources and how much we spend on ourselves compared to how much we give to others.

When we look at our money, we are called to give ten percent to the Lord and then we have the other ninety percent to use. When we look at that ninety percent, we must use it to support ourselves and then we have additional that we can use on things we want and on things for others. As you look at that amount of money (however much it is) beyond your basic necessities, how do you spend it? Do you spend most of it on yourself or do you sacrifice your own desires to give to others?

It is clear throughout Scripture that we are supposed to give to others and take care of those who are in need. And, we all have experienced giving to someone else at some point in our life and we all know that it does truly feel better to give than to receive. But, as I look at the giving that we do, I become curious how much of us are denying ourselves and thus giving in sacrifice and how many of us are giving simply out of our surplus.

As we look at today’s passage, we see a woman who had very little to give and gave it all. And Jesus compared this woman to the wealthy who gave large sums of money, but the amounts did not really compromise them because it was extra and beyond what they even needed. They gave out of their surplus; essentially, what they did not need. And she gave sacrificing her own needs and wants.

How do you give to others? Do you give to others out of surplus or do you give to others sacrificially? As we see in II Corinthians 8:12, we are called to give out of what we have and the amount of our sacrifice is more important to God than the actual amount given. As you give to others, do not worry about the amount you can give. Know that God is pleased by the sacrificial giver more than the surplus giver and his pleasure is unrelated to the actual amount given.

The actress of this commercial was right. There are better things to spend your money on. But those better things are not just more things for yourself. Ask God today how he would like you to use the resources that he has given you and gladly give those today.


Memorize this verse today:

"And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, ‘Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.’"
~Mark 12:41-44



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