November 11

Mark 12:41-44

“He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny.” vss. 41-42

Even when we’re not shopping it can be fun to go to malls or other crowded public places just for the people-watching. The varieties of behaviors and appearances are both amazing and instructive…we can find ourselves feeling amused, perplexed, and sometimes even bothered…all in the space of only a few minutes. Mark tells us that Jesus did the same thing when he visited the temple in Jerusalem. Since it was festival time there were plenty of people there…but what’s most interesting is where he chose to sit. He parked himself in a spot where he could watch the crowd putting money in the treasury…the first century equivalent of an offering plate. Jesus knew that a person’s offering told more about the state of their soul than anything else…and he was not impressed by the large sums given by the rich. In his eyes it was only the widow’s gift of a penny that was the least bit remarkable. She had given all that she had! Times haven’t changed. Whether we like it or not, the way we spend our money is the very best indicator of our spiritual health. A check register will always reveal the priorities of our lives…and nothing is hidden from God.

Thought for the Day: What does my check register reveal about me?

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