Let's Talk About Generosity

by Brent Lamberth

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

Today, let's talk about...

THE BEST GIFT

 

Mark 12:41-44

 

A poor widow’s contribution

41 Jesus sat across from the collection box for the temple treasury and observed how the crowd gave their money. Many rich people were throwing in lots of money. 42 One poor widow came forward and put in two small copper coins worth a penny. 43 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I assure you that this poor widow has put in more than everyone who’s been putting money in the treasury. 44 All of them are giving out of their spare change. But she from her hopeless poverty has given everything she had, even what she needed to live on.”

Key Passage:

Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I assure you that this poor widow has put in more than everyone who’s been putting money in the treasury. All of them are giving out of their spare change. But she from her hopeless poverty has given everything she had, even what she needed to live on.” —Mark 12:43-44

 

Commentary:

When thinking about generosity, it’s tempting to consider quantity over quality. We tend to define generous based on how much is given rather than the sacrifice made in giving. On the contrary, Jesus measured generosity by the heart—and not by the dollar sign. When he saw the poor widow drop in her seemingly insignificant gift, he used her sacrifice to teach his disciples about true generosity. In Jesus’ eyes, the gift of two copper coins, representing only a minuscule earthly value, far outweighed the gifts of the rich in eternal value.

 

Questions to Discuss:

Who is one of the most generous people you know? In what ways is he or she generous?

Besides money, in what other ways do you express generosity?

Do you find yourself more often giving out of love or obligation?

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