Great Plains Daily Devotional for 11/11/2018

Today please be in prayer for

Chaplain
Home Care and Hospice
Flint Hills District
Emporia State Campus Ministry
Flint Hills District
Kansas State University Campus Ministry
Flint Hills District
Fancy Creek Zion UMC
Leonardville UMC
Randolph, KS UMC
Swede Creek UMC
Flint Hills District

Today's Lectionary Text

Mark 12:38-44 

As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

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. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

Today's Devotional

I graduated from college during the economic downturn in 2003.  At that time, we lived in El Dorado and both the housing and the job market had gone south in a hurry.   We decided to move closer to my hometown for a better job market and more opportunity.  I had trouble finding a job with my shiny new strategic communication degree and took an offer to work part time in the district superintendent’s office until they could find a full-time replacement.

I was still applying and very nearly got a job at a local library.  When I didn’t get the job, I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do next.  I knew my job at the district office was temporary and I didn’t know where to go or what to do.

The district superintendent asked me what I thought was a strange question.  “Do you tithe?”  I knew about tithing but thought it would be something I would start after I had a good job.  But after talking to him I started tithing at church. 

It wasn’t much at first but I found if I set aside that amount first, somehow the rest of my bills got paid.  If I waited until all my bills were paid and then looked for that money, it wasn’t there. 

Tithing is a form of spiritual discipline for me.  I put that money in, knowing all the good things the church will do with those funds.  Children’s programs, bible studies, Sunday school and missions are just the local ways the funds are used.  Youth events, mission work, and church resources are ways that these funds are used on the conference level.  Yes, trustees I know these funds are also used to pay the bills.  But when I give I look at it as investing in the outreach of the church, in my home congregation, throughout the conference and in the world.

-Lisa Soukup
Communications Administrative Assistant
 

Prayer for Reflection

Heavenly Father, help us to give with full hearts and see our tithe as an investment in your kingdom on earth.  Amen.
 

 

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