Reading about “Giving” I was reminded we should always live our lives trying to outgive God! Of course, I know we can never really outgive the Lord but in our trying, our hearts are revealed.
Scripture says, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasures for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19 NIV)
…and … “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21 NRSV)
As we consider individual and churchwide stewardship and giving,
here are a few points to ponder:
#1. Generosity is an aspect of character; it flows from the heart.
#2. Generosity is always for the benefit of others;
It is selfless, not self-serving.
#3. Extravagant generosity has “wings”;
It makes a difference beyond our sight and our time.
#4. Generosity helps us achieve God’s purposes in ourselves.
#5. Practicing generosity develops the muscle memory for giving:
It becomes who we are.
#6. Giving changes the giver, the recipient, and the congregation.
#7. The Church that practices Extravagant Generosity emphasizes the
Christian’s need to give beyond the churches need for money.
Thank you for your Extravagant Giving!
Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can. (John Wesley)