Growing In Generosity<br />BY: Lucagbo, Raziel<br />
Growing In Generosity <br />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<br /> 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!<br />
The Biblical giver should always asking important questions<br /><ul><li>How much should I give?
How much do I really need?</li></li></ul><li>THE JOY OF GENEROSITY<br /> 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 /> 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. <br />
God has designed a wonderful plan<br />God provides all our resources. Everything is a gift from His hand.<br />His word guides us in the wise use. of those resources<br />Giving generously brings us immeasurable joy.<br />We become partners with God in His redemptive work on earth.<br />We spend eternity with God and with every person we helped to reach with the gospel.<br /><ul><li>The generosity, joyful giver embraces the following principles:
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 />Noticed the difference between the scarcity mindset and the abundance mindset:<br />SCARCITY MINDSETABUNDACE MINDSET<br />Reactive 1. Proactive<br />Loves status quo 2. Embraces change<br />Holds to my rights 3. Empowers others <br />Hoards 4. Invest <br />Maintains 5. Advances<br />Thinks win/lose 6. Thinks win/win<br />Stagnates 7.Multiplies<br />Focuses on the problems 8.focuses on possibilities<br />Enslave to the past 9. Envisions the future<br /> Lives in fear 10. Lives by faith<br />
The Remedy For Greed<br /> Humans tend to be very self-centered. The world s full of people who are trying to accumulate everything they possibly can<br /> This cycle of greed is broken in a person’s life when he discovers the joy of investing in others. A person is either “self-centered” or “others-centered”. A Christian becomes others-centered when he becomes Christ-centered. The Christ- controlled person will be passionate in his commitment to be like his Lord. He will become a generous person. Generosity will break the power of greed in his life.<br />
Two Rich Men<br />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:<br />He wisely came to Jesus with a question.<br />Jesus provided the answer to his question.<br />Greed prevented him from making the commitment desperately needed to make.<br /> <br />He held tightly to what he had and forfeited the greater gift that could have been his.<br />Earthly possessions were more important to him than eternal life.<br />