[CF Devotionals] 2013-09-30 - What Would a Poor Woman Say?

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Mark 12:41-44

And he called his disciples to him, and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.” (Mark 12:43 NIV)

Plunk. Plunk. Do you think anyone noticed? I didn’t want the coins to sound loud, as I put them into the treasury. Sure, I could have done something else with the money. I knew it was correct to give the money to God. I didn’t want to be selfish. I could trust Him to provide for my needs, somehow. I felt good about my decision, knowing I didn’t put my own needs and desires ahead of others.

Two pennies may not amount to much; it’s all I have. The men before me put large amounts into the treasury. I can’t compete with them. I was relieved the rich fellows went before me. I would feel somewhat ashamed, dropping down my two coins in front of them. I try to erase that thought from my mind, as God knows my circumstances and doesn’t judge me by the amount but my heart.

Lord, I need Your advice in terms of finances. I want to do my part for Your kingdom, but I also need Your favor in dealing with the bills and payments in front of me. Show me where and how to contribute, so You will see my faithfulness. If there is anything I am holding onto that You want me to give away, reveal that also. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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