God has designed us as His servants, made us in His image, the image of the Triune God who, by nature, gives – the Persons of the Godhead joyfully giving glory one to another and joyfully giving life to their creatures. Because this is the nature of God and because, in redemption, He is remaking us into His image, there is an energy and joy that develops in the context of giving and generosity. Seeing others give of their time and goods to ourselves and others inspires us to imagine ways in which we can repeat the conduct. Having been blessed, how can I bless in turn?
Among the stories which have inspired such generosity and giving in Scripture, few are more memorable than the story of the poor widow and her two mites – praised for her generosity when her generosity was so small. As Jesus takes a break from his controversies with the authorities in the Temple, He observes a poor widow – and the faith and generosity that he viewed in this poor widow moved Him to summon His disciples and give one of the most powerful lessons about giving – a lesson that will be repeated by our Lord Jesus in the days to come.