Jesus on Generosity

I remember reading or hearing someone talking about money saying,

“The real measure of how generous you are is not how much you give but how much you have left.”

We tend to think people who give large amounts are most generous – Jesus didn’t think like that. Remember the poor woman and her offering at the temple, Mark 12:41-44,

And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

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