Nothing is as beautiful to Jesus as when the poor widow gave her all (two mites) out of her poverty. And nothing is as humbling and encouraging about the grace of God that was given among the Churches in Macedonia (2 Cor. 8). Though they were in the middle of much affliction and extreme poverty, their abundance of joy overflowed in a wealth of generosity. Such radical acts of generosity in times of suffering comes about when Christ becomes our treasure and greatest joy. There, Paul adds: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich” (v.9). Jesus made us Eternally rich, and “materially rich” in comparison to the rest of the third world. I believe Jesus is calling us to bear fruits of radical generosity for His global cause.
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