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March 27, 2019, 6:57 AM

Daily Inspiration: Do You See What I See (Pharisees and Widows 3)


Pharisees and Widows

 

Mark 12: 41-43

And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. 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 offering box.

 

Thought for Today

As Jesus is in the temple courts He sits down with His disciples opposite the offering boxes. People gave their offerings by pouring their coins into what looked like the mouth of a trumpet. As the coins wound their way through the twists and turns of the pipe into the collection box they made a great racket. The whole system was designed to make give very public. As Jesus watched the people give their offerings to God He is impressed by one person’s generosity. In the midst of the wealthy people a poor widow goes almost unnoticed. As she drops in two small coins, a penny’s worth, Jesus gasps in amazement. He calls His disciples and points her out. They thought her offering way worthless. Jesus says, to the contrary, that it was the most impressive offering of all, for she gave more than all the others combined. The things that truly impress God are not the things that impress people. We are looking at outward signs of faith. God is looking at the heart. God is impressed with things unnoticed by the human eye: the time you gave to church when you didn’t know how all the bills would be paid; the time you managed to avoid that sin that usually trips you up; the time you fought with your children to go to church because you knew they needed God even if they didn’t want Him at the time. No one else sees these things. But God, who sees what is done in secret, rejoices! Keep fighting the good fight of faith, even if no one else can see your faithfulness, God never misses it.

 

Prayer

Lord God, help me to do what I know is right even if no one else can see. For You are the one I was trying to impress in the first place. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Giving does not only preceed receiving; it is the reason for it. It is in giving that we receive. ― Israelmore Ayivor

 

Quote of the Day

Silence is the mother of truth. — Benjamin Disraeli

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March 26, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Do You See What I See (Pharisees and Widows 2)


Pharisees and Widows

 

Mark 12: 40

And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes . . . who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

 

Thought for Today

The scribes and Pharisees loved to be seen doing spiritual things. They made long-winded prayers, the kind that makes you roll your eyes. They would be obvious when they were fasting, looking miserable and dirty. Jesus loathed this fake spirituality. He so hungered for a relationship with His Heavenly Father that faking a relationship with the God who actually wanted to walk with you was inconceivable. The scribes’ example taught the people that a relationship with God was difficult, public and tedious. Jesus taught that a relationship with God was as simple as talking to Him, done in private, and the ultimate joy of life. If you feel like you’re faking your spiritual walk, take a step back and see what Jesus has to say about it. Your walk with God should be filled with challenge, joy and wonder.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, teach me how to walk with the Father. Give me the courage and strength follow where you lead me today. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

 

Quote of the Day

Don't be afraid of your fears. They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is worth it. ― C. JoyBell C.

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March 25, 2019, 7:21 AM

Daily Inspiration: Do You See What I See (Pharisees and Widows)


: Pharisees and Widows

 

Mark 12: 38-39

And in his teaching [Jesus] said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts

 

Thought for Today

One of the things that Jesus disliked most about the scribes and Pharisees was their self-importance. They were always worried about what other people thought of them and did everything in their power to appear important. They would loudly greet important people. They would sit in the front of the synagogue to be sure they were noticed. They would take the place of honor at banquets, always noting who sat ahead of them and who sat behind them. The problem with self-importance is that it leaves no room for love. If you are worried about yourself you don’t notice the needs around you. You won’t care for others beyond what they can do for you. The law of God’s kingdom is love. We are to love others more than ourselves. We are to care for the needs of others first, even our enemies. This is how God loved us. The irony is, when you care for others selflessly they honor you for your service. Your status will be elevated in the eyes of the ones you have loved. Everything the scribes and Pharisees desired would have been theirs if they had simply turned their attention to the needs of others first.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to look to the needs of others first today that they would be cared for and You would be glorified. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Your religion is not what you do on Sunday. It is how you live Monday through Saturday. ― Shannon L. Alder

 

Quote of the Day

Truth is strong, and sometime or other will prevail. — Mary Astell

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