Rich or Poor - Stingy is the Same

two copper coins, stinginess, generosity
"If a man is stingy when he is poor, he will be stingy when he is rich.” unknown

Though my father was not the wealthiest of his siblings, he was always the first to help with family needs. That’s because generosity has more to do with our hearts than our pocketbooks. 

In Luke 21 a poor widow put two copper coins in the temple treasury, and Jesus said, “I tell you the truth…this poor widow has put in more than all the others” (21:3,4). Her gift was not the largest, but it was the most generous.

When we give generously, God notices… and He remembers. It’s like making a deposit in our eternal bank account (1 Timothy 6:17-19).

Most of us will experience abundance this Christmas season, but there are thousands of needs in our world, our country, and our community. Let’s give Christ the best Christmas gift by showing generosity to those with needs greater than our own.
copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011
This originally was published in 2011.

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  1. I so believe this. My favorite lay preacher Bo Sanchez said money does not change a person, it only magnifies who he really is. :)

  2. This is such a good challenge and one that is so true!!

  3. you are right here. Stingy is as stingy is rich or poor.

  4. My mom used to say (translating) "The one who gives is the one who wants, not the one who has" In other words you don't have to be rich to give, but out of love, true love founded in Christ motivates you to generously give open-handed.


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