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Generosity

Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which made a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury.

Mark 12:42-43


If you look at the meaning of generosity, you will find that it means being kind and generous. God expects us to be generous in 1 Timothy 6. Paul tells Timothy that generosity is the antidote to idolatry and materialism. A generous person will never worship possessions. His wealth will never own him.


We can be generous with other things besides money. We can be generous with kindness, time, and patience. It is also important to mention that when we talk about generosity, we are not talking about giving an exuberant amount of money. God does not measure our generosity by what we give but by what it means to us what we give.


Yes, God measures or pays attention to our generosity. Let me remind you about the story of the widow we find in Mark 12. In the story, we find Jesus watching people at the temple. We do not know how long Jesus spent that day watching people or much about the story's protagonist. Mark does not tell us her name or age, but we know that the woman gave all she had to the poor.


Being a widow was extremely sad in those days. You would think that experiencing so much loss would make someone incredibly selfish, but that was not the case for this great woman. Instead of saving whatever little money she had for herself, she thought about the needs of others.


When I was new in Christ, I used to feel sorry for the widow in this story because she gave it all. For me, it meant she was left with nothing, but that is not the Bible. It means that since she gave everything she had to God, God would ensure this widow had more than enough of everything she would need to live the rest of her life.


My friends, we cannot say we are Christ followers and not be generous. Our financial status does not limit our ability to bless others. We may not be able to do much, but there is always something we can give or do for others. Let the world see Christ in you through your generosity.




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