Fresh Hope – 24th January 2018

I’m sure we can all agree that ‘generosity’ is an attractive word, and that a lifestyle of generosity is something that we all want to attain.

But what does it mean to truly be generous? I believe that Jesus defines what true generosity is in the book of Mark, found in the New Testament of the Bible.

Here’s what it says…
“Sitting across from the offering box, he was observing how the crowd tossed money in for the collection. Many of the rich were making large contributions. One poor widow came up and put in two small coins—a measly two cents. Jesus called his disciples over and said, “The truth is that this poor widow gave more to the collection than all the others put together. All the others gave what they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all.”” (Mark‬ ‭12:41-44‬ ‭MSG‬‬)

Jesus makes a comparison here between those who gave much, as far as monetary value goes, and one lady who gave just a little.

He acknowledges that this lady in fact gave more than everybody else put together.
How could that be, you may ask…

Because she gave what she would miss.

Everybody else gave what they wouldn’t notice was gone, but this lady gave what would evidently be missing, because she gave her all.

Want to know if you’re living generously? Give what you’ll miss…

In your time, your energy, your talents, your resource, don’t just give in amounts that will go unnoticed, instead, give at a cost.

That way, you’ll know you’re living a truly generous life.

Caleb Burchell

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