The Culture Of Generosity
The majority of Christians pray this way: “Lord help me, bless me, prosper me” Everything is about them and what they need. We are born with a selfish nature. You see kids always saying: “This is only mine” Jesus gave us the greatest example about generosity. He gave the most valuable thing He had. “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32 NIV) God has always given everything very generously. For him it is a delight to be able to bless His children. God has taken me to understand that when I keep things to myself I lose but when I give I am very blessed.
1. Generosity is the result of a transformed life
Let’s look at Zacchaeus in the Bible. Before he knew Jesus he used to be a tax collector. He used to steal people’s money. When he had an encounter with Jesus his life changed immediately. “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” (Luke 19:8 NIV) So basically from being a collector he became a giver. Who does this? Only God. The world is always telling people: “church is all about asking for money” God doesn’t need our money because He owns everything. We are the ones who become very blessed when we give generously.
2. Generosity is a lifestyle
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ (Acts 20:35)
Let’s also look at the Good Samaritan. When he saw the wounded man, he was almost dead. What did he do? He healed his wounds, he took him to the Inn and he sowed money on his life. So it’s not just about the money but about being generous with our time, energy, talents. When we are willing to visit someone just because of love, we are sowing something very special which is our time. You can also sow on people by leading a cell group (small group). You can volunteer in your church or in an organization. I love it when I see kids sowing from their allowance into other people, into church. You learn about generosity when you read Jesus’ life We need to really understand the giving is truly a privilege.
3. Generosity in the midst of scarcity
A lot of people think that they need to be prosperous or earn more money in order to be generous. I know people who don’t have much but even from the little they have they tithe. “In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity” (2 Corinthians 8:2) The church in Macedonia was overflowing with the spirit of generosity. These were very poor people with a lot of trials and affliction yet they were have joyful to be able to give. Make a prayer for God to reveal to your life the blessing of generosity and that it will become a culture in your life and in your church