GROWING IN GENEROSITY<br />By :Hamilton l. Lara<br />
GROWING IN GENEROSITY<br /><ul><li>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:
The steward who is rich in the grace of giving realizes that the truly rich person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least. The Biblical steward lives to give! His focus is not his own needs, but on the needs of a lost world, the Great Commission mandate, and the urgency of reaching the nations for Christ. </li></li></ul><li>GENEROSITY WON’T WORK WITHOUT GOD<br />As you reflect on the story of this poor window, what would be God’s comment to you about your personal giving, or that of your organization or ministry? 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 <br />
BE WISE<br />The generosity, joyful giver embraces the following principles: <br /><ul><li>God is the greatest giver of all. Everything we receive is from His hand.
God commands all Christians to be wise, generous stewards.
Biblical stewards understand the link between our possessions and our faith. </li></li></ul><li>Can GOD TRUST US WITH HIS RESOURCES? <br /><ul><li>The Biblical steward must be trust worthy. In Luke 19, Jesus tells a story about a landowner who gave tree men some funds to spend, save, or invest. Each acted as he saw fit. When he the owner returned, each man (steward) gave an account of what he had done with the resources entrusted to him. Their individual stewardship was evaluated.
The men who increased what he had been entrusted to them received even more. One man failed to increase the owner’s resources. What he had was taken from him.
Several reasons could be argued as to why the third man failed the owner. The story seems to indicate the fear of failure was the number one problems. Laziness, disobedience, or procrastination could have compounded the problem.
Leaders must be wide and faithful stewards of the resources entrusted to them. This story seems to include people, finances, skills, time, and talents. When leaders use the resources </li></li></ul><li>Growing Generous Givers <br />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: <br />Ask God for wisdom received.<br /> Lead by example. Be volunteered to give. <br /> Teach stewardship from the Word of God. <br /> Share first about other generous givers. <br /> Motivate with stories of the fruit of generous living: <br /> needs met <br /> problems solved <br /> lives transformed <br />6. Provide specific opportunities for partnership in the gospel. <br />