This week, Pastor Chris continued in our mini-series about how God’s generosity towards us compels us to live generously. It is easy to think we are aligned with God’s heart, but a good look at our willingness to live generously may show we are misaligned. Pastor Chris shared some ways we can see if your generosity is reflecting God’s generosity toward us.
Proverbs 11:24 (ESV)
24 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
2 Peter 1:2–4 (NLT)
2 May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. 3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
• LIFE ~ Labor, Influence, Finances, Expertise.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 (ESV)
10 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.
1. By Jesus’ poverty, we become rich.
2 Corinthians 8:9 (NLT)
9 You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.
Philippians 2:5–8 (NLT)
5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
2. Give little, receive little. Give much, receive much.
2 Corinthians 9:6–7a (NKJV)
6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart
Proverbs 19:17 (ESV)
17 Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
Proverbs 22:9 (NLT)
9 Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.
Luke 6:38 (ESV)
38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
3. God is a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7b (NKJV)
for God loves a cheerful giver.
4. God graciously replenishes as we live generously.
2 Corinthians 9:8 (NKJV)
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
5. Whenever we have a need, plant a seed.
2 Corinthians 9:9 (NKJV)
9 As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.”
Psalm 112:9 (ESV)
9 He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn is exalted in honor.
• Distributed freely (Pazar) ~ lavish widespread scattering and distribution.
• Given (Natan) ~ to transfer over.
- Shocking Amount
“One standard for biblical giving is the tithe, second is sacrifice, third is the shock.” Tim Keller
- We really let it go.
- It’s our entire life.
- Fruit is transformed lives.
- Instruments of grace for the salvation of others.
2 Corinthians 9:10-15 (NKJV)
10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, 13 while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, 14 and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
“I have tried to keep things in my hands and lost them all, but what I have given into God’s hands I still possess.” Martin Luther.
Matthew 6:19–20 (ESV)
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
- Remember and reflect on your testimony (where you came from and how God saved you). How does your life reflect God’s generosity toward you? Would you change anything about your generosity in light of God’s generous love, grace and mercy?
- What are some ways you are sowing with your life?
- Sometimes when we sow into something, we do not always directly see what we reap. Have you ever seen the Lord reap a harvest with what you sow? Share with your group so they can be encouraged.
- God wants to be on the throne of your heart! This week, sit with the Lord around the topic of the love of money. Some evidence of the love of money may be the thought that you never have enough or saying things like, “well, if I just had a little more, then I’d be happy or then I’d be generous.” Allow the Lord to search your heart for the love of money, spend time repenting, and placing God back on the throne of your heart. Ask God to highlight ways you can walk in the opposite spirit by living generously.
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