The Generous Life

For the past few weeks, God has really been driving home the importance of generosity and relying on God with lightningmoney. It’s a hard lesson to learn, and I’ve got a long way to go. This time of my life is the first time that I have been making as much money as I am currently making, and also the first time that I have had this many expenses and been responsible for my own livelihood. Therefore, it is important that I learn now to trust God more and live a generous life now, beginning a pattern for the rest of my life. A really cool analogy that I heard at church today was that God’s grace is the lightning, and our giving is the thunder. So, when God’s grace hits our heart and we begin to realize the full measure of who God is and what he has done for us, the natural response is for us to give what we have to Him in a way that shows his love to others. Thinking about it like this, giving is really a privilege.

givingRight now, I am reading a booklet called The Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri Nouwen. I highly recommend it. Basically, he asserts that our relationship with money can be a false sense of security. When we remove money from a place of power in our lives, it allows us to have a lot or to have little and still be completely dependent on God.

Based on the lessons I am learning, this week’s suggestion of how to change the world is to participate in God’s story through living a generous life. As an old professor of mine would say “live with an open hand”.

If you’re like me, this won’t be comfortable. I look to money for security more often than not. However, I am learning that a generous life is so worth it. Although it’s cliche, we cannot out-give God, and who knows what the ripple effects of our generous life may be? True expressions of God’s love have a way of multiplying beyond our wildest dreams.

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2 thoughts on “The Generous Life

  1. Great post and reminder!

    One of the important lessons I have learned about generosity and giving is to look at it from an early church perspective. They gave to the needy among themselves. So often, when it comes to church, we are vigorously instructed to give to the church. Of course, we should. But not all of our giving should go there. If you have a friend, neighbor, co-worker who can’t pay their rent or a bill, it is perhaps even more honoring to God to help them out financially.

    A great idea is to set up a checking account for this purpose. I call it a “Kingdom Account” Put some money in on a regular basis and dedicate it to God for his use. It will grow, and before you know it, God will present you with real needs that you can help meet. Every week, in every church, there are men and women, singles and families that have no idea how they are going to pay a medical bill, buy food, or gas for the car, pay rent or a mortgage. They are desperately seeking God for help. We can be that help, and God even calls us to be that help. Then we also have the non-believers in our lives who struggle with the same things. Think of the ministry possibilities for the woman who hands a struggling single mom a $300 check to have her car repaired or to buy food or to pay her rent?

    If we give everything we have to our church, we won’t have anything left to minister in this way. Yet, clearly, God wants us to do this very thing. Many pastors are opposed to this kind of thing, because the church the lead needs more and more money. So don’t expect a lot of support from them on this. But I think you know, this kind of thing isn’t wrong.

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