You will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.
2 CORINTHIANS 9:11
Give — to offer to something higher, to make a present of, to place in the possession of another for their use.
What’s your most prized possession? It might be the most valuable thing you own, like the house you’ve worked your whole life to afford. But it could also be a photo from a special time you spent with someone you loved. Or it could be a meaningful gift from a friend.
The value we assign to our “things” is tangled up with our emotions. How we choose to use the things we cherish most reveals our true priorities.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
There’s nothing wrong with having things, or with enjoying them. The problem comes when our things have us. God modeled what generosity looks like when He sacrificed his greatest treasure for us. When we give like He does, and we honor Him with that giving, it draws us closer to Him.
This is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
JOHN 3:16 (emphasis added)
Here are 3 simple ways you can begin to practice generosity:
Invest Your Time
Are you engaged in what’s going on in your community? On your street? With your next-door neighbors? You can practice being a better listener almost anywhere: taking your trash out, shopping at a grocery store, working out at the gym. Look for common ground with people, and meet them wherever they are in life, with kindness and respect.
Challenge: The next interaction you have with someone, ask how their day is going. Then listen. Be genuinely interested in them. Make the moment about them, not about you.
Invest Your God-Given Gifts
In what areas are you uniquely gifted? Are you putting your gifts and talents to work in ways that will point people toward Jesus? One of Jesus’ most famous parables is about making the most of what God has given us.
Challenge: Find someplace where you can begin using your gifts to serve others. Start small and local, or go big. Just start.
Invest Your Money
The body of believers that you consider home is the first place where you should invest.
Beyond the tithe, here are two options to prayerfully consider giving to:
But these are just two ideas. God is moving in the hearts of His people all over the world.
Challenge: Find a movement of God that you feel passionate about, and put your treasure where your heart is: Give.
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Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 CORINTHIANS 9:7