Think about this question.
“would you consider yourself a generous person?”
There was a student at a church I worked at a few years ago.
One Wednesday night he attended a youth event at our church.
It was a super cool event. There was a live rapper, a ton of food, and a human foosball competition.
The students all got into teams, and the students of the winning team, at the end of the night, would get a video game system.
Now my friend knew that his son and his team didn’t win, but when he got home, he was smiling and holding a brand-new Xbox.
So he asked him, “Son, how did you get that??”
The student replied, “Dad, my friend gave it to me.”
His dad looks at him and asks, “your friend gave it to you?”
His son replied again, “Yea, His team won, but he already has a video game system, so he gave this one to me.”
Hearing that, I was blown away by this soon-to-be freshman boy, so much so that I began asking myself right away, “what can I give away.”
When we think about Generosity, Generosity is so much more than putting an envelope in the tithing boxes or baskets when you leave a service or signing up for online giving.
Generosity is about being someone who is giving.
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Many of us can think, you know what: I’m poor, I don’t have a lot of time, I don’t have a lot of money.
I love the example of the Macedonian believers in 2 Corinthians chapter 8:1-6. This was a group of people who were in poverty, they had hardly anything, but they overflowed in generosity.
And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.
So here is a group of people who understood how to be generous.
First, they gave themselves to God, and then they gave themselves to others.
I’m reminded that as we give ourselves first to God and ourselves to others, that we end up giving away our stuff to God, and to others.
So i’d love to encourage you to ask God how you can give yourself away to him, and then to others this week.
Then also beyond that, how can you give stuff away to him and to others. And watch what God does.