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The Widow's Two Mites

I want to acknowledge and give credit to Dr. Peter J. Daniels for the insights and principles drawn from his excellent book How To Be Happy Though Rich.


Mr. Daniels said; "Wherever money is concerned, we always tend to measure ourselves against someone who has much more rather than someone who has much less! Many well-meaning people place restrictions on others who are richer than them. Biblical truths apply to all." What are your thoughts about the principle that wealth is relative and your relationship and lifestyle to that principle?


Wealth Is Relative

Jesus taught this principle in the lesson of the Widow's two mites.

At the time of the writing, it was worth 1/64 of a denarius. A denarius was a day's wage for a common worker. In today's terms, it would be worth about 1/8 of a cent.

 

1 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, 2 and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. 3 So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; 4 for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.

Luke 21:1-4 New King James Version



Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, 'I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. They have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.

No matter who you are, you are still enormously wealthy relative to the disadvantaged of other countries. Wealth is relative. Be responsible with the wealth you have.


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