Hey all! Sorry I did not post last week. This week in youth service was good. We only had three show up (the three youngest guys in the group), but we still had a good time. We played a couple of games and had a good devotion time. Following that, we hung out, talked, and played bumper pool and Foosball.
Lyle’s lesson was about the story of the widow who gave a fraction of a penny as her tithe. The passage is Mark 12:41-44. I love this passage! It’s short so I will include it for you:
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
The guys at youth group really seemed to grasp the truth from this passage. Lyle explained that this passage was relevant to us today and in more ways than just tithing. Jesus was proud of this widow because she gave everything she had while the wealthy people in the church were showily giving only a fraction of what they had to give.
Even today God calls for us to give our all to Him. He doesn’t want us to show up to church on Sunday and believe that we have done enough for Him that week. Giving our all to God means desiring Him every day of the week, seeking His guidance, and loving others. Giving our all takes more effort than just “worshiping” Him for an hour on Sunday.
Isn’t it awe inspiring and comforting just knowing that God actually desires our all? I know it is for me, and it is truly convicting when I realize that I don’t always desire Him like that in return.
Pray that this week those three guys in youth group, two of which are saved, give their all to God this week. Pray for them as they live for Him at school and at home, not just church on Sunday.