Pastor Travis Norton

“Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she has to live on.” 

My first thought on this passage is that someone should have told the widow not to give any money to the temple and use that money to buy bread for herself instead! Jesus is doing a couple of things in this teaching to his disciples. First, he is criticizing the way organized religion can take advantage of people and their money. We need to always be careful that we are inviting appropriate generosity and using what the church is given to care for the vulnerable. Second, Jesus is saying that God counts differently than we do. We tend to say someone is generous based on the amount of money they give, but God counts generosity based on proportionate giving. I wonder, would God count me a generous giver? If the rich gave as much as the poor, what a different world this would be. 

-Pastor Travis Norton

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