Generosity: A Matter of Giving

Money . . . This is one of the most taboo subjects in the body of Christ! We all need it (at least at a minimum) to live, but nobody likes to talk about it.

A journalist once asked the American billionaire Warren Buffet, when he would feel that he had made enough money. The latter replied cheekily, "When I  have a little more!" We all would like to have a little more: a little more to be able to help such and such a person, such and such ministry, or such and such an organization.  “I would like to, but right now, I cannot".

Financial generosity does not depend on what one does not have, nor on what one would do if he did have.  It depends on our heart and our readiness to act with what we currently have.

Financial generosity is not a question of capacity or amount, but a decision to bless. "No one has ever been impoverished by being generous." 2 Corinthians 8:11-15

Jesus gave us the image of a widow who put very little in the offering, but who, in his eyes, gave infinitely more than those who placed large amounts of money in the offering, because she put in what she had to meet her necessities. He cites as an example her heart and desire to bless someone else with the little that was available to her (Luke 21:1-4).

Just like the little boy who only had his small ration but who gave his two fishes and five loaves of bread to answer Jesus' call. It’s not about jeopardizing ourselves and missing out on the basics. It is about trusting Jesus and letting Him touch our hearts (John 6:1-15).

Generosity is a state of mind, a way of living that corresponds to the heart of Jesus. He gave us everything out of love. He didn't consider who He was in glory or what He had there as a treasure to keep. He gave us everything, because He chose to share His riches and His eternity with us. (Philippians 2:6)

The book of Acts (20:35) tells us: "There is more joy in giving than in receiving."

Let’s follow the example of Christ and receive the joy of giving! By following His encouragement, we will discover the incredible promise that Paul reveals to us in 2 Corinthians 9:6-11!

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Eric Dufour