CAC Living Water Daily Devotional | Friday, December 17, 2021 | The Faithful Giver
Topic: The Faithful Giver
Date: Friday, December 17, 2021
Read: Mark 12:42-44
Mark 12:41-44 And He sat down opposite the treasury and saw how the crowd was casting money into the treasury. Many rich [people] were throwing in large sums.
And a widow who was poverty-stricken came and put in two copper mites [the smallest of coins], which together make half of a cent.
And He called His disciples [to Him] and said to them, Truly and surely I tell you, this widow, [she who is] poverty-stricken, has put in more than all those contributing to the treasury.
For they all threw in out of their abundance; but she, out of her deep poverty, has put in everything that she had—[even] all she had on which to live.
Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. (Ecclesiastes 11:1).
God is our Father and He demands from us to serve Him with our belongings. To be real citizen of a certain kingdom, there are many things that will be demanded from you. Likewise, before you will be qualified to be citizen of the kingdom of God, you have to pay certain prices. Prayer is good, but there are some other things you are expected to do in order to be a bonafide citizen of the kingdom God knows the financial status of everybody in the kingdom. He is all-knowing God. He knows the end from the beginning (Psalms 139v2). You cannot hide anything from Him. He knows the amount you have in your account, you cannot hide from Him. God wants you to give according to your ability (1 Cor.16v2).
Do not imitate wrong people in your act of giving. Do not be restricted by circumstances around you. Don’t be forced to give. You have to give as you purpose in your heart (2 Cor. 9v7)and as God has blessed you. He wants you to serve Him with all your properties and your life. When you look at the key text for today, Mark 12v41-44, many rich people put money into the treasury but Jesus said that the poor widow was the one that put more than all of these people, because she gave faithfully out of her poverty. According to Jewish tradition, this woman gave more than what a widow could give has offering in the service during that time. The remaining people gave out of their abundance, but she gave all that she had. If you want to give for the work of God, let the giving shake your pocket. Let your offering call the attention of God as that of the poor widow.
1. Lord, open my understanding to know that you are the Owner of everything.
2. Let it be easy for me to give my totality to you, oh Lord.
3. Lord, give our rich people the capacity to faithfully manage what You have given to them as good stewards to You.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Hosea 8:6 – 12:10, Revelation 5:7 – 6:13
Author: Christ Apostolic Church [Worldwide]