GrowingIn Generosity Then he looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and he saw also a certain poor window putting in two mites. So he said, ‘Truly I say to you that this poor window has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty has put in all the livelihood that she had.” LUKE 21:1-4 Jesus praises this window, not for giving away so much, but for keeping so little. Many people would call her foolish for giving away everything, but Jesus holds her up as an example of a truly generous giver, Jesus seems to measure generosity not by the amount we give, but by amount we keep!
The Biblical giver should always asking important questions How much should I give? To whom or what should I give? How much should I keep? How much do I really need?
THE JOY OF GENEROSITY Let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, always having sufficiency in all things, may have abundance for every god work.II CORINTHIANS 9:7-8
There is joy in generosity There is joy in generosity – perhaps no greater joy than to invest God – given resources into God’s goals and objectives for this hour in human history. The most generous people seem to be the most joyful people. Some people seem to think that joy is found accumulating wealth while others would argue that joy is found in the stuff of money can buy. Christian stewards have discovered that their greatest joy – true joy – comes from giving generously and strategically to God’s plan.
And what a wonderful plan God has designed: God provides all our resources. Everything is a gift from His hand. His word guides us in the wise use. of those resources Giving generously brings us immeasurable joy. We become partners with God in His redemptive work on earth. We spend eternity with God and with every person we helped to reach with the gospel.
The generosity, joyful giver embraces the following principles: The generosity, joyful giver embraces the following principles: God is the greatest giver of all. Everything we receive is from His hand. Great blessings bring great responsibility. God commands all Christians to be wise, generous stewards. Biblical stewards understand the link between our possessions and our faith. Indentify the Disconnect: When someone does not embrace the joy of giving, what are some of the reasons hey do not give?
The Remedy For Greed Humans tend to be very self-centered. The world s full of people who are trying to accumulate everything they possibly can. As John Maxwell says, “Many individuals climb to the top of the ladder of success, only to discover that their ladder is leaning against the wrong building.” They have reached the top, but they are not satisfied. The more they have, the more they want.
Two Rich Men In Luke, Chapter 18, we read an account of a rich young man who approached Jesus with a question about eternal life. The advice from Jesus seemed quite radical: Sell all you possess and give it to the poor, then come and follow Me. Jesus knew this man was possessed by greed. Notice his journey: He wisely came to Jesus with a question. Jesus provided the answer to his question. Greed prevented him from making the commitmenthe desperately needed to make.
He held tightly to what he had and forfeitedthe greater gift that could have been his. Earthly possessions were more important to him than eternal life.
Growing Generous Givers As a Christian leader, it is your responsibility and privilege to help your people develop generous, giving hearts. There are several key steps on this journey: Ask God for wisdom received. Lead by example. Be volunteered to give. Teach stewardship from the Word of God. Share first about other generous givers. Motivate with stories of the fruit of generous living: needs met problems solved lives transformed Provide specific opportunities for partnership in the gospel.