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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 12:42-44)
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Full devotion to Christ is reflected in how I view and steward the resources God entrusts to me.
WOW! What an amazing expression of love for God and confidence in the ways He will meet all of her needs. I have often thought about the widow in this story, and how, if I had been there, I might have "cautioned" her not to be so reckless in giving away all she had. This just further exposes my struggle with placing security in my financial backup plans rather than in God and His plans for what He entrusts to me.
Psalm 24:1 says "The earth is the LORD'S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it." I often live in a way that reflects a mindset that I own all that God entrusts to me, but I will share some with Him.
Two of my favorite passages are in Matthew 6. Matthew 6:19-21 remind me that how I handle God's resources reflects where my heart is with Him. I lived many years with the view that, as long as I tithed, I was free to use "my" money how I wanted. Scripture makes it clear that God is Lord over all, not just some percentage based on the Old Testament, and I am accountable to Him for how I steward all of His resources. Matthew 6:25-34 reminds me that God cares for the birds of the air and the lilies of the field, how much more will He care for me!
As Lucina and I have grown in our understanding of God's purposes with money (see also 2 Corinthians 8:12-15), He has allowed us to experience the joy and fulfillment He intended. Releasing resources has been a great source of growth and deepened our intimacy with Christ and each other as we have moved forward in action with the help of our community. We see a need for continued growth in this area as we daily remind ourselves of where our security and abundant life are truly found.
1. How are you operating like God owns everything that He has entrusted to you?
2. Reflect on Matthew 6:19-21 and Matthew 6:25-34 today and ask God to show you where your heart and security are.
3. How are you inviting others you are walking with in community to help expose mindsets that are inconsistent with God's Word?
4. Commit today to walk through the MoneyWise curriculum with others to help you grow in this area. If you live outside Dallas or attend a different church, find a good course or curriculum about biblical stewardship and read The Treasure Principle. See link: http://www.watermark.org/ministries/care/moneywise-ministry/.
WEEKLY FAMILY ACTIVITY
MARK 8-12 (FEBRUARY 20-24)
Read Mark 10:35-45.
* What did James and John ask Jesus to do?
* What was Jesus' response?
* What did Jesus say most people "in power" do to those under them?
* How did He say they should respond to others?
* Did Jesus ask them to do something He had never done?
* Is there anywhere in your life that you are a leader?
* What about a place you want to be a leader?
* How does Jesus say you should respond?
Activity: Give everyone a piece of paper. Write down two different things you are going to do this week to serve others. Don't share them with each other. Put them in your room in a safe place. At the end of the week, talk about what you did to serve others and how they responded. How did it feel to obey Jesus' call and example to serve others?