Generosity shows the brilliance of God and how we can become more of what God intended us to be in creation. I want to share ten things that generosity can to to help us live a better story and positively affect the lives of others. I’ve also shared some scripture that supports each idea. Take a read and think about how you live a generous life.
- Generosity honors God. Every act of generosity honors God by changing the world with altruistic actions.
“You will be glorifying God through your generous gifts. Your generosity will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 9:13
2. Generosity draws me closer to God. As we give God draws us closer. It’s not just about money – it’s our time and our abilities – our dreams and imaginations as well.
“The purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God first in your lives.” Deuteronomy 14:23b
3. Generosity is more like Jesus. Isn’t this the ultimate goal for us as Christians? We want to be more like our leader. We want to emulate him. He gave his all for us and asks us to give ourselves to the world.
“The greedy always want more, but the godly love to give!” Proverb 21:26
4. Generosity cures materialism. Most people would agree that the world has become very materialistic. The truth is no one can “take IT with ’em.” People and the Word enter eternity but not material possessions. It’s not like King Tut’s tomb. All that stuff is in a Cairo Museum. Tut did not take it with him wherever he went.
“You cannot serve both God and money.” Matthew 6:24
5. Generosity demonstrates faith. Giving is the ultimate test of faith. When you don’t keep stuff for yourself but give it to help others you trust God will use it.
“Your giving proves the reality of your faith…” 2 Corinthians 9:13
“You are generous because of your faith.” Philemon 1:6
6. Generosity reveals your character. I could easily look at your bank account and tell you what’s important to you. Where your treasure is – there your heart is. That’s what Jesus said. What is truly important to you. Look over your accounts and determine what you truly value.
“If you are untrustworthy with worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?” Luke 16:11
7. Generosity brings a blessing from God. God has storehouses of blessings that are both of material and non-material. God has amazing ways of blessing us but God promises to bless the generous. It is part of God’s economy.
“Generous people will be blessed…” Proverb 22:9
8.Generosity will increase happiness. Very seldom have I met a generous person who was also not a happy person. Giving to others makes you feel good and blesses others. Again this is God’s design. Live it and you will discover it.
Jesus said, “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.” Acts 20:35
9.Generosity extends your influence. I’m not talking about worldly power but the influence that helps to advance a cause or make a dream a reality. You will influence others with your generosity. You will leave a sweet fragrance of love wafting in the air that will remain even after you leave.
“The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy will get smaller and smaller.” Proverb 11:24
10. God will reward your generosity in heaven. God does not view time like we do. Eternity is limitless and so are the opportunities of the generous. God has told us time and time again that we will have an expanded ability to do what we love in eternity. We may not be able to take IT with us but we can, in a sense, send it ahead.
“Use your money to do good… always being ready to share with others whatever God has given you. By doing this you will be storing up real treasure for themselves in heaven—it is the only safe investment for eternity! And they will be living a fruitful Christian life down here as well.” 1 Timothy 6:18-19
Take the generosity challenge. You don’t have to be rich to do it. Look at your time, your abilities, your ideas, your commitments, your investments, your reserves, your influence, and everything else you have and think about how you can be a more generous person.