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One of the most compelling and memorable lessons taught in the Bible can be attributed to an elderly, impoverished widow.

It’s the account recorded in Mark 12:41-44. Jesus was watching a bunch of religious fat cats making large offerings at the temple. Jesus didn’t comment immediately about their gifts, though.

Instead, He saw the poor widow put all of her monetary wealth — two small coins — into the collection box and then He was prompted to speak.

“Jesus called His disciples to Him and said, “I tell you the truth this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”

Listen, one of the signs of spiritual growth is the willingness to give generously to the Lord’s work. Jesus taught in Matthew 23 that believers should tithe — give at least 10 percent of their gross income. But what this widow demonstrated was not a 10 percent gift, but instead a 100 percent gift.

What amazing faith!

Though this “all she had gift” is not to be seen as the minimum standard for faithful giving, it still serves as an excellent example for us of proper motives.

I have not yet demonstrated the faith of this widow.

I have need for more spiritual growth in my trust of God to sustain me as I continue growing in giving beyond the tithe.

Perhaps you do, too.

Please learn from Professor Pauper, the widow of Mark 12.

Her instruction is sure and already confirmed as pleasing Christ.

Give more generously.

God will sustain you just as He surely blessed this widow in the days after her faith-filled donation.

As always, I love you

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