What Jesus Did! 'More Than All the Rest' — Mark 12:41-44

Friday, September 13, 2024

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Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.

Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on."

— Mark 12:41-44 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus sees into the hearts of people and knows their situations. He sees through the facades. That's why he will do the judging (2 Corinthians 5:10). On the surface, the rich who give large amounts of money as their offerings appear to be making huge gifts. Their gifts can sometimes gain them notoriety and applause. However, the folks who give small amounts may actually be giving a lot more because they sacrifice so much more to give the smaller amount. God doesn't judge the gift by its size, but by its sincerity and generosity of heart.

Today's Prayer

O Father in heaven, you have graciously given me everything in Jesus. Please help me as I seek to be a responsible and generous steward of the gracious gifts you have lavished upon me. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
  • 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
  • 1 Timothy 6:17-19

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Illustration of Mark 12:41-44 NLT — "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions.

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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