Friday, January 20, 2017

Generosity



“God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).  The key here is that we should willingly give to the poor, the needy joyfully, for it is God’s will for us.  Jesus said, “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8). James, Jesus’ brother, said “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17). This verse is one that much of our society today seems to not know or understand- it is all from God.  We are not “self-made” anything. It is all from God. “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).  

He gave it all that we might live in His grace or undeserved favor. God does not need our gifts, He owns it all anyway. He wants us to be givers for our sake. God says, “Give and it shall be given to you, a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over it will be poured into your lap” (Luke 6:38).  God is saying,  “It is more blessed to give than receive” (Acts 20:35). 

This concept is hard for most to believe, perhaps because we are scared of losing what we have if we give it away. We believe that there won’t be enough left for us. You may have heard the thought that there are no hearses with U-Haul trailers behind them. We seem to want to keep what is not ours anyway. We are afraid to lose or we have lost in a crisis or bad investment and we don’t want to risk again. Joel 2:25 says “I will repay what the locusts have stolen.” God knows all about it and “My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Paul had learned the secret of being content in all circumstances and “that I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:12). 

I think that God has a way through our fears and to generosity. “My son give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my way” (Proverbs 23:26).  God wants our hearts, undivided. “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them a heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 11:19-20).

God is saying that “Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice” (Psalm 112:5).  Proverbs tells us “A generous man will himself be blessed” (Proverbs 2:9). 


I want to be a cheerful giver. How about you?

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