Generous Like My Father
God is extravagantly generous and our generosity is a response and reflection of Him. He is a good Father who gives good gifts to His children.(James 1:17; Ps 103:1-5; John 3:16)
The thread of God’s generosity weaves through His creation, covenants, Israel’s economics, the gospel and the Kingdom as He consistently models that it is more blessed to give than to receive.(Ps 65:9-13; Deut 28:1-14, 7:9; 2 Cor 8:9)
God has blessed us in every way so that we can be generous in every way to advance the gospel. Joyfully giving our time, affection, talents and money, attracts God’s attention, craws heaven’s blessing, produces transformation, and enables Him to trust us with the true riches of the Kingdom.(2 Cor 9:6-15; Acts 10:3-6; Mal 3:10-12)
Generosity confronts our poverty mentality, changing the way we interact with the world. No longer anxious because we mistakenly believe provision is scarce, we are confident that God multiplies resources and is eager to rescue and prosper people.(2 Cor 9:6-15; Phil 4:19; Eph 3:20-21)
Generosity releases joy, blessing, and favor into our lives. As we give, it will be given to us, pressed down, shaken together.
What does it look like?
Generosity is an expression of our trust in God’s provision-a declaration that our treasure is truly in heaven. As I take care of His priorities, He will look after mine.(1 Tim 6:17-19, Phil 4:18-19, Acts 4:33-37)
Generosity is a mindset. The poorest person on earth can live generously. Even if we don’t have many resources, we always have something to give.(Luke 21:1-4; Mark 6:30-44, 2 Cor 8:13-15)
We do not only give out of our abundance or convenience. Sacrifice is vital to a lifestyle of generosity. The Lord notices when our giving is costly to us.(Luke 21:1-4, Mark 6:30-44, 2 Cor8:13-15)
Generosity should permeate our marriages, families, businesses, and communities, and benefit generations yet to come.(Eph 5:25; James 1:19; Pro 31:16-19)
God promised Israel a “land flowing with milk and honey.” Though we do not give just to receive, God is a rewarder and wants to bless materially as well as spiritually, emotionally, and physically.(Ex 3:8; Luke 6:38; Heb 11:6)
As seen throughout history, generosity is essential for the healing and development of the nations. God is attracted to generosity in believers and unbelievers alike.(Is. 58:6-12; 1 Car 29:1-9; Acts 10:1-4)
Generosity creates unity.(Acts 4:32-37; 2 For 8:14; 1 John 3:16-18)
Generosity causes people to be thankful and is an opportunity for others to encounter the Lord’s goodness.(2 Cor 9:10-13; Rom 2:4; 2 Kings 6:22-23)
We are not saying…
Being poor, middle-class or rich is neither a virtue nor a sin. Christians should cooperate with the Holy Spirit according to their situation, assignment, season of life, and/or calling. Some might be in poverty, needing the Kingdom’s generous breakthrough just to survive; some may live simply, needing and creating little wealth, yet still thriving; while others may create and steward wealth to live and give generously and foster society, establishing the poor, creating work and abundance, producing a legacy that benefits themselves, society, and the Kingdom.(2 Cor 8:9; Phil 4:11-13; Luke 9:58)
Money is not evil but the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. So we do not love it but rather use it to build His Kingdom. Money is a tool, and in human hands it can be a blessing or a curse. It should never be our master, but it is a powerful servant.(1 Tim 6:9-10; Matt 6:19-24, Deut 8:18)
The motivation for out giving is more important than what we give. We don’t give out of a sense of guilt or manipulation, nor to impress or control God or people.(1 Sam 15:19-23, 2 Cor 9:7; 1 Cor 13:3)
As always, we carefully follow the Holy Spirit’s voice while learning generosity. We do not give impulsively, but rather ask the Father what He thinks about each situation.(John 5:19, 16:13; Matt 19:16-22; 1 Tim6:17-19)
Our generosity should not be at the expense of others. Being generous while consistently not repaying debt or paying bills is not true generosity, but rather presumption, as we are giving away the money promised to another.(Mark 7:9-13: 12:17; 1 Tim 5:4; Rom 13:7)
Generosity is often expressed in secret, though it doesn’t have to be in order to bring glory to God.(Matt 6:2-4; 2 Cor 8:24, 9:10-15; Acts 4:32-37)
Generosity is a form of honor that we can extend to both the poor and the wealthy.(John 12:1-8; 1 Kings 10:10; Gen 14:17-20)
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