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The Money Test

Would receiving a large, unexpected sum of money change you for better or worse?

By Betsy Mayer

Mrs. Jasper (not her real name) was an impoverished widow and mother who had a problem with covetousness—well, not your normal problem with covetousness. She didn’t covet a big house, fancy clothes, or luxurious food.

You see, Sister Jasper was a devoted Christian who really wanted to do something great for God. But when appeals for funds to further the gospel were made, she had only the widow’s mite to offer. She longed to do something more!

Some of her fellow church members had large homes and beautiful clothes, but in her estimation, they gave proportionately very little to the cause of God. She felt God’s work suffered because of their selfishness. She was confident that if she had their wealth, she wouldn’t be guilty of such neglect.

And then, suddenly Mrs. Jasper inherited a large, unexpected sum of money from a distant relative’s

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Betsy Mayer is the managing editor of Last Generation magazine.