Generosity is a tough word.
I think everyone would agree that being generous is important and a valuable character trait, but when it comes to our own money and our own stuff, sometimes it’s hard to let go. We promise ourselves we’ll never be in love with money. We’ll never be in love with the things we can buy with it. But once we have it, things seem to change. Why would we give up our hard-earned cash? Just because the church says we should? And wait, isn’t the church the beneficiary of people giving? Seems sketchy.
But what if our generosity allowed other people to see who God truly is?
Look at what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 9.
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: 'He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.' Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God."
What if Christians were the most generous people on planet earth? What if generosity in the church made people want to learn more about the God of the Bible?
What if Christians were so generous that people couldn’t help but give praise and thanks to God?
Here are a few questions for you to think about this week:
- Why does the state of our heart matter in how we give?
- How is Jesus an example of generosity?
- What is one way you can be generous this week?