Looking Back: Generous Widow

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Over the past few months, I’ve been thinking more deeply about the concept of generosity. It’s easy to limit generous acts to those involving money, but what if we broadened our definition a bit?

The Generous Widow gave the best that she had to Jesus—what can we give to him?

What might it look like to give the “best” of our time? The “best” of our attention? The “best” of our effort? Maybe that’s what Jesus was getting at when he reemphasized that we are called to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

What does generosity mean to you?

What do you think giving your best to God practically means?

To go Deeper: Read Woman at Bethany, Philip’s Daughters

Work in Progress

Church culture has an interesting way of impacting my perspective on certain Bible stories. Some can easily take on a label of “seasonal,” and others can quickly be filed into the “tithe nugget” category. The story of the generous widow definitely falls into the latter in my mind—I can’t clearly remember hearing this story taught or preached outside of the tithe portion of the message. But I believe this woman’s story is incredibly applicable to our daily lives.

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 few cents.

Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.

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