During a week-long series on God’s generosity, I talked about the value of giving and how it impacts everyone’s lives around you.
Here are the five (5) principles of generosity that inform my thinking and behavior.
1. There’s Joy In Giving
As an avid reader of the Bible, it’s clear to me that God wants us to look beyond our needs, and focus on sharing our time, energy, money, and knowledge with others — minus the attitude.
One (Biblical) example of this way of thinking can be found in 2nd Corinthians 9:7, which reads, Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2. Give Freely, Get More
I also believe that God wants us to be like Him. He wants us to be generous with our time and resources—knowing that we will be rewarded in ways that we can’t imagine.
My point of reference for this principle can be found in Proverbs 11:25, which reads, Give freely, and you will profit. Help others, and you will gain more for yourself.
3. God Gives Wisdom
God is ready, willing, and able to share His wisdom with you. All you have to do is ask for it. So instead of letting your emotions direct your behavior, ask God to bless you with wisdom and the ability to act/react with grace and discernment.
James 1:3 says, if any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. God is generous. He enjoys giving to all people, so God will give you wisdom.
4. Bless Others
There’s a reason God blesses you as much as He does. It isn’t so you can hoard it all for yourself — it’s so you can be a blessing to others, and honor God in the process.
Going back to 2nd Corinthians, I found a great passage of scripture in Chapter 9, verse 11: God will give you enough so you can always give to others.
5. Gods Power is Limitless
God wants you (and everyone) to be strong in character. He wants you to draw your strength from Him in times of weakness and uncertainty so He can share his power and grace with you.
And more importantly, He wants you to be a gentle, loving, and self-sacrificing person, as He delights in giving you the gift of His grace.
My source of inspiration for this POV can be found in Isaiah 40:29, which reads, He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might, He increases strength.
The one thing that was (very) clear to me at the end of this series was that we serve a giving God and He wants all of us to serve others, by following His example of generosity.