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3. Our Secret Sacrifices (Matthew 6:1-4, Mark 12:38-44)

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Jesus and Our Stuff (part three)

Jesus encouraged secret and discreet giving. Our generosity should never be motivated by people's potential applause. Instead we should aim to please our all-seeing God with openhanded and unpretentious giving. Jesus also praised the widow who gave sacrificially. Our giving should likewise be costly, leaving us in a condition that demands reliance on our sovereign Provider. This reminds us that God regards how much we have left as well as how much we give away. Is your giving characterized by discretion and sacrifice?

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