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Don’t be Stingy by Pastor W.F Kumuyi

DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL

MONDAY APRIL 26, 2021

TOPIC: DON’T BE STINGY!

TEXT: Mark 12:35-44

KEY VERSE:
“And he called unto his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast all that she had, even all her living.” – (Mark 12:43,44)

In many religious organisations, the desire to attract the rich is not so much for the sake of getting them saved and eventually prepared for heaven but for the money they are likely to make available for use by the assembly. Such money could be used for the prosecution of various projects or the purchase of equipment and furniture. Perhaps, in order to please some of the givers, their names are scribed boldly at the back of the pews and on all the equipment or buildings.

Jesus had watched the people cast their money into the treasury. The rich gave much out of their abundance. And there came a certain poor widow who threw in two mites, an offering Jesus described as more than all the other offerings. Her two mites gift was equal to just one farthing. But it counted for a lot in the sight of God. Why? “For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.”

The Lord is not as much interested in the size of our offering as He is in the sincerity and faithfulness of the giver. As for religious leaders who seek recognition and honour, Jesus describes them as hypocrites and deceivers (Matthew 23:13-15). Those who exploit widows will be disappointed on the last day.

We should learn from the ultimate Giver, God, who gave His Best – Jesus Christ – to deliver man from sin and hell. We should also give to Him of our best, without withholding from Him.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
We must be like our Father in heaven in giving.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Joshua 1-4

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