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How Big is Your Heart?

Key Verse

Luke 21:1-4  [1]  Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, [2] and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. [3] And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. [4] For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

Biblical Exposition:

In Luke 21:1-4, Jesus presents a striking contrast between the ostentatious giving of the wealthy and the humble offering of a destitute widow. The wealthy were making grand donations, drawing attention to their abundance, while the widow, in her impoverished state, offered only two small copper coins. This passage provides a profound lesson on generosity and the condition of our hearts in giving.

Jesus brings attention to the widow, emphasizing that her small offering surpasses the others in significance. Despite her meager resources, she gave all she had. This act of sacrificial giving deeply resonated with Jesus, who recognized the sincerity and selflessness behind it. The widow's offering exemplifies true devotion and trust in God's provision. Her willingness to give everything demonstrated a profound faith, challenging the conventional understanding of generosity and wealth.

This passage invites us to ponder the motive behind our giving. It compels us to examine the sincerity and sacrificial nature of our contributions, reminding us that God is concerned with the posture of our hearts rather than the portion of our gifts. Additionally, it raises questions about our reliance on material wealth and our willingness to prioritize selfless giving over personal gain.

The story of the widow's offering calls us to reevaluate our perspectives on generosity and to nurture a spirit of openness, compassion, and sacrifice in our giving. It prompts us to embrace a mindset that reflects the widow's humble and wholehearted commitment, acknowledging that genuine generosity arises from a deeply rooted faith and a willingness to prioritize the needs of others above our own comfort.

As we reflect on this passage, may we be inspired to embody the widow's unwavering faith and generosity in our own lives, cultivating a spirit of selflessness, compassion, and authentic giving.

Quote

"The measure of life is not its duration, but its donation" - Peter Marshall

Takeaway Principle:

Society often measures generosity by the magnitude of the gift. However, Jesus teaches that true generosity emanates from the heart. It’s not about how much we give, but the attitude with which we give. God treasures the spirit of sacrificial giving and delights in a generous heart.

Prayer of Application:

Dear Lord, thank you for the example of the widow's sacrificial giving. Help me not to focus on the size of my gifts, but on giving from a pure and generous heart. Teach me to be sensitive to the needs of others and to give willingly, even when I feel like I have little to offer. May my generosity be a reflection of your love and grace. Amen.

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