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

March 23, 2012 by Rachel Piferi



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Give Her One of Mine

Earlier this week, little Isabella was a little under the weather. She is okay now, but she was a little sick on Monday. And, in a conversation about her on Monday, Wendy's daughter asked if her illness had anything to do with her kidneys (Isabella's kidneys have been monitored by doctors since her birth due to the problems she had prenatally). Wendy went on to tell her daughter that her illness had nothing to do with her kidneys and as she ended her statement, her daughter jumped in and said, "If Isabella ever needed a kidney, I would give her one of mine. I would mom. I'd give her one of mine."

We were at a basketball game when Wendy shared this with me and it was all I could do not to burst into tears right there. It touched my heart very deeply. And it made me think of selfless giving. Giving when it truly costs us something. Giving that truly reflects Jesus.

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 giving something that we really need and thus giving in sacrifice. Or are we simply giving to others out of our surplus and thus it does not really cost us anything?

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 next time you see someone in need, be the type of giver who says to Jesus, "I will give her one of mine Jesus. I really will!"


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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