The widow’s coins were probably mites like this one.

The widow’s coins were probably mites like this one.

Ruth and Boaz’s legacy continued all the way to the birth of Christ.

Ruth and Boaz’s legacy continued all the way to the birth of Christ.

This illustration depicts King David showing kindness to Mephibosheth.

This illustration depicts King David showing kindness to Mephibosheth.

What can you do to show kindness to others?

What can you do to show kindness to others?

Leave a Legacy

Posted: May 1, 2021

What does it look like to live out your faith? Actions can speak louder than words. The Bible is jam-packed with examples of men and women who acted in faith. Those action in turn blessed others. They left a legacy for future generations. That means they passed on a precious gift to others. God can use the smallest kindness to make a future, eternal impact.

In the Book of Ruth, we read the story of a single man and a widowed woman. In an act of kindness, Boaz offered Ruth the gift of gleaning his fields. He gave her extra barley and wheat. Boaz would later marry Ruth. Boaz’s generosity to Ruth influenced generations. Their family tree would grow and grow. One day it would include Christ.

Mark 12:42-44 tells the story of the widow’s coins. She gave all that she could to God. Her gift wasn’t much, but it was her best. Jesus used the widow’s small action as a big example for others. In verse 43, Jesus says, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box.” The widow’s actions showed many people (even today) what it looks like to give an offering to God with a pure heart.

“Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” asked King David in 2 Samuel 9:1. Jonathan had been his dear friend. But Jonathan’s father, Saul, despised David. Jonathan left behind a crippled son, Mephibosheth. David invited Mephibosheth to eat at his table forever. Mephibosheth was Saul’s grandson. But David treated him as a son. This act of kindness showed incredible grace.

In the same way, your kind actions can quickly spread grace (good favor) to others. Do you know someone who is discouraged? Use your gifts to encourage them. Share a smile. Write a note. Bake a treat. Sing a song. Recite a verse. Play a game. Make a phone call. Lend a hand. Pray for blessing. Little surprises of kindness can be part of a legacy you leave for others.