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.
“A LOT or EVERYTHING?”
We set up our time at the Global Staff Conference to help us reflect on EVERYTHING. We talked about it in light of:
- EVERYTHING we are…for His glory – our story, our vision/values, our distinctives, etc.
- EVERYTHING we are doing…for His glory – on campus, individually, regionally, globally, etc.
- EVERYTHING we have surrendered to Him – this being our commitment
It has been exciting to reflect on these truths through these devotionals over the last 30+ days.
As we head back to campus (and it has been exciting to see and hear what God is already doing), I’ve been asking myself “am I giving a LOT, or giving EVERYTHING?” You probably are complimented a lot for how hard you work, how much you sacrifice, etc. and those words of encouragement are valid. However, there is a subtle temptation to think “I’m giving a LOT but I don’t have to give EVERYTHING.” In facing this temptation, I’m humbled by the testimony of the nameless women in Mark 12:44. Jesus watches a number of people contributing in the temple but makes this special comment about her:
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 a challenging example this woman sets for us! It is convicting to realize that Jesus knew both the quantity and the quality of the giving that was being done.
Take a moment to meditate on Mark 12:44 and reflect on these questions:
- Are there areas of your life where you are tempted to give a LOT to Jesus but not EVERYTHING?
- What are your faith challenges in surrendering EVERYTHING to Jesus?
- What is one area, during this first month of ministry back on campus, in which you want to surrender EVERYTHING anew to Him? Who is a friend who can pray with you and walk with you in this?
-Kent Bailey (Global Servant Team)
Pray for CO Orlando:
Capitalize on the city, state, and global impact of students on our campus (UCF)
God would create a pipeline of students here to take us to other campuses in our area