Sitting across from the offering box,
Jesus 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 12:31-44
Until you have given up your self to Him you will not have a real self. C.S. Lewis
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me.
The solution to stinginess is a reorientation
to the generosity of Christ in the gospel,
where He poured out His wealth for you.
Because of the gospel you don’t have to worry about money:
the cross proves God’s care for you and gives you security.
Because of the gospel you don’t have to envy anyone else’s money:
Jesus’ love and salvation confer on you a remarkable status—
one that money cannot give you. Tim Keller