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

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Jesus sat near the temple money box where people put their gifts. He watched the people put money in the box. Many rich people gave much money. Then a poor widow came and gave two very small copper coins. These coins were not even worth a penny. Jesus called his followers to him. Jesus said, "I tell you the truth. This poor widow gave only two small coins. But she really gave more than all the rich people. Those people have plenty; they gave only what they did not need. This woman is very poor. But she gave all she had. And she needed that money to help her live."
— Mark 12:41-44 NLT
Illustration of Mark 12:41-44 NLT —  But she really gave more than all the rich people.

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. On the surface, the rich who gave large amounts of money as their offerings appear to be making huge gifts. This can sometimes gain them notoriety and applause. However, the folks who give small amounts may actually be giving a lot more because it costs them so much more to give the smaller amount. God doesn't judge the gift by its size, but 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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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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