Today's Devotional Insight...
The Heart of Generosity
Who is the most generous person in the world? To date, according to Forbes, Bill Gates gave $28 billion with a net worth of $66 billion. Warren Buffet gave $17.25 billion with a net worth of $46 billion. George Soros gave $8.5 billion with a net worth of $19 billion. Gordon Moore gave $5 billion with a net worth of $4.8 billion. Carlos Slim Helu gave $4 billion with a net worth of $69 billion.
Who is the most generous person at our church? To date, according to our financial secretary…Just kidding!
Who is the most generous person Jesus encountered? Would he rank Warren Buffet, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Carlos Slim Helu among them? You? Me?
The fact is, in Jesus’ way of thinking, the most generous are often those whose names don’t make headlines. In most cases, their identities never will be known on this side of eternity. They are the most unsuspecting and unlikely people. What impresses Jesus is not what one gives, but what one keeps after having given. He measures the magnitude of our generosity by what we have remaining. Here’s the principle: Generosity is not determined by the size of the gift but by the size of the sacrifice.
Case in point was a lady Jesus encountered at the temple courts. Jesus sat down in the outer courtyard between the Court of the Gentiles and the Court of the Women. No doubt feeling frustrated and fatigued after being questioned in heated debate with the religious leaders of His day, He came to rest, sitting opposite the place where the offerings were given.
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