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Know God in a Year #192 Tiny Gift Affirmed

“You guilt widows into giving to God, and then use it on yourselves.” Jesus continues to expose the phony leaders.
As he denounces the hypocrisy and greed of the leaders, he is sitting in the temple court where treasure chests were placed for people to bring their offerings. He notices a widow trying to approach alone so no one will notice how little she deposits.
He feels Spirit’s nudge, and interrupts his observations of Pharisees to direct his disciples’ attention to the widow. “Look,” he nods at her. He catches her eye as she turns to go, with a smile and a look full of affirmation.
His words reach her  amazed ears, “This poor widow has contributed more than all of these.” Spirit has shown him her heart of love and he commends her motive and faith. God never misses an opportunity to affirm us; if we are listening, we will hear it.
Tears fill her eyes as she realizes he understands. Her heart sings as she leaves. What she can’t know is that her story will bring more gifts to God’s cause over many years than any of the large gifts being given with great flourish.
Jesus wants us to know that man’s abuse of gifts given to God can’t keep His blessing from the giver. God delights to honor gifts from a heart of love. They are dearer to Him than huge sums given for show, and He smiles on them.
Jesus continues confronting the Pharisees…
(tomorrow)
Luke 21:1-4,  Mark 12:40-44
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