What Jesus Did! 'Supporting the Savior' — Luke 8:1-3

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The next day, Jesus traveled through some cities and small towns. Jesus told the people a message from God, the Good News about God's kingdom. The twelve apostles were with him. There were also some women with him. Jesus had healed these women of sicknesses and evil spirits {from the devil}. One of the women was named Mary Magdalene. Seven demons had come out of her. Also with these women were: Joanna, the wife of Chuza (Herod's helper), Suzanna, and many other women. These women used their own money to help Jesus and his apostles.
— Luke 8:1-3
Illustration of Luke 8:1-3 —  These women used their own money to help Jesus and his apostles.

Key Thought

Many Bible students have never thought about how Jesus and his disciples paid for the ministry needs. Luke lets his readers know. Women who accompanied him and the 12, along with others, helped fund the Savior and his disciples. Today, many ministries and mission efforts that do the work of Christ go wanting because they cannot find financial support. Others who do continue to minister have to give up valuable time and energy to keep their work supported. Please, think about helping keep the Lord's work on track by offering your support and thanks to the Lord's work today.

Today's Prayer

Father, please bless the following ministries that need your power and grace to continue doing your work ... Father, please bless Heartlight.org and the work of "What Jesus Did!" in sharing the life and love of Jesus with people all over the world. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

Remember this: The person who plants little will harvest only a little. But the person who plants much will harvest much. Each person should give what he has decided in his heart to give. A person should not give if it makes him sad. And a person should not give if he thinks he is forced to give. God loves the person who gives happily. And God can give you more blessings than you need. Then you will always have plenty of everything. You will have enough to give to every good work. Like the Scriptures say, "He gives generously to the poor; his kindness will continue forever." God is the One who gives seed to the person who plants. And he gives bread for food. And God will give you {spiritual} seed and make your seed grow. He will make a great harvest from your goodness (giving).

2 Corinthians 9:6-10

I thank God every time I remember you. And I always pray for all of you with joy. I thank God for the help you gave me while I told people the Good News. You helped from the first day you believed until now. God began doing good things with you. And God is continuing that work in you. God will finish that work in you when Jesus Christ comes again. I am sure of that.

Philippians 1:3-6

I am very happy in the Lord that you have shown your care for me again. You continued to care about me, but there was no way for you to show it. I am telling you these things, but it is not because I need something. I have learned to be satisfied with the things I have and with everything that happens. I know how to live when I am poor. And I know how to live when I have plenty. I have learned the secret of being happy at any time in everything that happens. I have learned to be happy when I have enough to eat and when I don't have enough to eat. I have learned to be happy when I have all the things I need and when I don't have the things I need. I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength. But it was good that you helped me when I needed help.

Philippians 4:10-14

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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