Generosity is Common
We exist to Love God, Connect with Others, and Reach the World by creating a Culture where…
09. Generosity is Common
Matthew 6:1-4, 2 Corinthians 9:7, Proverbs 11:25, Malachi 3:10
We are the recipients of the greatest gift the world has ever known, the gift of Jesus Christ that brings about life, grace, mercy, and freedom: at no cost to us- yet at the highest cost to Him. Because we have been freely given all of this, our only right response is to freely give. Therefore giving out of obligation is the wrong response and unbiblical. Giving is a part of our worship. Our response is not to calculate how little we can return to Him but to realize that we are mere managers of all that He has entrusted us. Generosity is not about our wealth as much as it is about our hearts and our confidence in God.
Years ago I heard this quote, “We are never more like Jesus, than when we give.” I totally agree. Jesus gave His all and not the least He could give. For most of us, this is a great challenge. We allow the busyness of life and the demands of life, which many times are self-serving ventures when we properly evaluate them, to keep us from modeling the sacrificial generosity of Jesus to others.
When do we give? How do we give? Where do we give? What do we give? Questions that I believe we need to ask ourselves while responding intentionally and passionately. In the book of Acts chapter two, we find those who made up the first church creating a culture of generosity—they gave of themselves to meet the needs of others and the work of the Kingdom. This culture of generosity along with the message of the gospel is what changed the world.
When was the last time you gave of your time, you gave of your blessings, you gave of your gifting to advance the Kingdom of God?
What are you doing to create a culture of generosity in your family and in your church family?