Generosity

generosity

Investing in the world to come

Generosity flows from us to others in response to God’s generosity to us.  Generosity isn’t, “you wash my back and I’ll wash yours.”  It’s, “I’ll wash your back because mines already clean.”

There’s another exciting source and motivation for generosity.

Before I share it remember this.  Christian living is not about trying hard to be a good person.

How can believers be generous?

  1. Rest in God’s generosity to you. (said that already)
  2. Believe generosity in this world pays off in the next world.

Generous people believe in future rewards.

Jesus used reward motivation to encourage generosity in Luke 14:14 (ESV).  He said,  “and you will be blessed (rewarded), because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

Paul uses the same argument in 1 Timothy 6:17–19 (ESV) As for the rich in this present age, charge them … to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

Before you excuse yourself from generosity because you aren’t rich, let’s define rich.  If you have more food than you can eat today and more clothing than you can wear today, you are rich.  It’s likely that everyone reading this blog is rich.

Stingy believers don’t believe in rewards.

Christian living always comes back to learning to walk by faith today.  In this case, believing that generosity pays off in the next world.

If you’d like to become generous, intentionally invest in the world to come.

What reasons to people offer to justify being stingy?

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Dan Rockwell

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6 Comments on “Generosity”

  1. landsway Says:

    Dan;
    Jesus and Paul truly did use future rewards as a motivation for for encouraging others to do what they should do; however as we continue on the path of our spiritual walk at some point we have to understand what John the Baptist meant when he said that he must decrease so that He can increase. Our lives are to be a reflection of the life that Jesus Christ lived on this earth. There are all kinds of spiritual laws that will kick in when we are generous. Give and it shall be given comes to mind. We are told to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all will be added unto us. I think we are to take what we are given and pass it on. It is what He would do and He is our example. We are told that strait is the gate and narrow is the way and few there be who find it. Doing the works of Christ, including being generous is not being good enough to get the rewards; but instead the works are a manifestation of a work that He has done in us.

    • Dan Rockwell Says:

      Landsway,

      I love how you said, “I think we are to take what we are given and pass it on.”

      I’ll add, being like Jesus includes, “who for the joy set before Him.” Jesus was motivated by reward also.

      Great to have you drop in again,

      Dan

  2. Zach Says:

    When I think of generosity the first thing that pops into my mind is money. Well as a poor now graduate student money is one of those things that seems to be in the red more then the green. So I tend to be a little more tight with the money that I have these days then I used to be. Thing is though money is not the only way that I have to be generous. Time and sweat is what I believe to be another great source of generosity. The summer is coming so you could find a neighbor that needs some help with spring cleaning or take a coworker to work with you to help them with the ever rising cost of gas and a good conversation. I mean you are going there anyways so it really is not an extra cost to you. As they say time is money. Sometimes if your in a unique situation half the fun of being generous is coming up with ideas on how you can be generous!

    • Dan Rockwell Says:

      Zack,

      You are nailing an important idea that Paul writes about in 2Cor 8:1ff. The poverty stricken Macedonian believers “gave themselves first to the Lord.”

      We give ourselves first then we give our resources.

      You’ll find the Macedonians weren’t much different than college students! 🙂

      Good to hear from you.

      Dan

  3. David Wyatt Says:

    Good stuff bro. Dan! Reminds me of 1 Jn.4:10&19 as well as Eph.4:32! In the midst of all the madness of Healthcare & corrupt politicians, the purity & grace of our Savior is especially refreshing! God Bless!

    • Dan Rockwell Says:

      Thanks for stopping in again and thanks for the encouragement. Back at cha!

      I like the word “refreshing.” Now that’s what being a Christian is all about.

      All the best,

      Dan


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