Generosity: The Widow Who Gave Two Coins (1 of 3) by Miriam Neff

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Generosity: The Widow Who Gave Two Coins (1 of 3)
Series: Not Alone
Miriam Neff
Luke 21:1-4

Extreme generosity! Nameless, poor, yet made famous by Jesus to be an example for us all. Little did she know the very Son of God, the Son of the One to whom she prayed daily, pointed to her as an example for millions throughout ages to see.

Luke 21:1-4 NIV

As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. ''Truly I tell you,'' he said, ''this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.''

So many people today enjoy the accolades and self-promotion that they receive from philanthropy. Rather than giving to do good. they give so that others will think more of them or to seem as if they are better than others. Jewish leaders of that time were no different. They constantly sought to bring attention to themselves, rather than to bring glory and praise to God. 

The wealthy teachers of the law offered their tithes and turned to walk back to their positions. Barely veiled arrogance showed on each face. Proud of their perceived intellectual wisdom, savoring their status in the synagogue, they relished the looks of gratitude and sometimes envy of those whose gifts were small.

Hovering at the back of the gathering was a widow. Her shoulders drooped and her clo ...

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