Good morning Thursday. Today Jesus shows us that the true worshipper considers their duty before God rather than comparing themselves to others.
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What are you asked to give of yourself today? At home, work, school, amongst your friends?
_ Will you meet anyone today who is generous with their lives? How can you encourage them in their self-giving? What might Jesus say to them?
_ Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for everything in heaven and on earth is yours; yours is the Kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as Head above all. All things come from you, O Lord, and of your own have we given you. - 1 Chronicles 29:11, 14
DISCOVER [ Mark 12:41-44 ] 41 And [Jesus] sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. 43 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. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
_ Who was Jesus talking about in the previous passage (v.38-40)?
_ How is this widow different to those who Jesus opposed?
_ Are there other places Jesus talks about widows?
_ How does the Old Testament speak of widows?
_ Who better reflects the attitude of the Law of Moses toward the poor? Jesus or the Pharisees?
+ HOW do you treat those who seem to have less to contribute? Can you ask Jesus to give you his vision and his compassion?
+ WHO in your life are you intentionally praying for and walking with that you might share what you learned with today? (e.g., family, friends, co-workers or neighbors you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)