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The Unexpected Benefits of Generosity

Money is a hot topic in our culture. Everyone wants more of it, anyone can get it, few seem to keep it and even fewer gladly give it. There are spenders, investors and savers, but there aren’t nearly as many givers.

The Money Trap

In America money is king. We look to it for security, happiness and freedom. We hoard it to make ourselves feel safe from potential disasters like illness, unemployment and unexpected expenses.  We spend it on frivolous pursuits like excessive shopping, expensive dinners and extravagant vacations to temporarily gratify our appetite for pleasure. Worst of all, we pursue it tirelessly working ourselves to the bone 60+ hours per week at sometimes two or even three jobs because we believe the lie that if we could some how get more of it we would be free to retire, work less and play more.

The sad reality is that money always promises, but never delivers (at least not permanently). It promises security, but breeds worry when our bank account isn’t as full as we’d hoped.  It promises happiness, but often results in disappointment when the things we buy lose their appeal. It promises freedom, but only enslaves us to our jobs and our debts.

Promises Fulfilled

The good news is that Jesus always delivers on what he promises.  Where money fails, Jesus succeeds.  Through Christ believers enjoy eternal security in the Father’s love. Since no one can undo what Jesus has done, no one can take that security away.

Through Christ believers enjoy eternal satisfaction.  Money and possessions will always lose their appeal.  Goods get more expensive and clothes wear out, but God’s presence is never ending.  Through Jesus believers live in and enjoy God’s presence for all of eternity. This is a happiness that truly satisfies.

Best of all, through Jesus believers enjoy lasting freedom.  In Christ, we are free from the anxiety, the temporary gratifications and bondage that money brings.  We are free to be at peace in God’s provision, free to enjoy the eternal satisfaction of God’s presence and free to enjoy life without the need for a never ending pursuit of material possessions.

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The Benefits of Generosity

One of the best ways to experience more of the security, happiness and freedom that are in Jesus is to become a more generous giver.  Here are five reasons why.

1. Generosity increases our dependence on Jesus. So much of our well-being is tied to the strangle hold that money has on us. When we give generously we have no choice but to trust the Lord to be and do for us what we were looking to money to be and do for us. It is through generosity that money’s grip on us is severed and Christ’s unending supply is realized.

2. Generosity increases our delight in God. Money is important to us because of the value that we ascribe to it. By giving it away we remind ourselves that God is infinitely more valuable than anything money can buy. It is through generosity that God becomes an infinite treasure from whom we enjoy unending pleasure.

3. Generosity increases our contentment. By giving away what we cannot keep, we discover that which we cannot lose. Generosity teaches us to enjoy more of God by wanting less of this world. It gives us a deeper experience of Jesus by making room for him to fill our hearts, something he cannot do when we let money crowd that space.

4. Generosity multiplies our blessings. This is true in two ways. First, by giving to others we get to share our joy with them.  When this happens other people get to enjoy God’s blessings with us.  Second, by giving to others we are storing up for ourselves treasures in heaven.  If we keep it to ourselves we get to enjoy it now.  If we give it away we’ll enjoy it exponentially more in the kingdom.

5. Generosity advances the kingdom of God. Church planting, oversees missions, church operations and leadership training all cost money. By investing our money into the things of God we get the joy of advancing of the kingdom of God. Why wouldn’t we want to be used of God to extend his glory in all the earth?

Money can either be a god we worship or a tool with which we worship God. When money reigns supreme in our lives we miss out on the fullness of God. By giving generously, however, we learn to enjoy God for all that he’s worth. Don’t let money take from you that which only God can give you. Jesus has secured for you everything you need before God. Give yourself room to experience more of that by becoming a generous giver!

  1. maefromheaven
    April 16, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Reblogged this on maefromheaven and commented:
    So true!

    • April 20, 2015 at 8:02 AM

      Thanks for the reblog! I’m glad to see you enjoyed the post. Also, I see that you’re from the Philippines. I recently read a book about discipleship at a church there. The book is called “Wiki Church” and the church is called “Victory Manila.” I know the book doesn’t necessarily represent all of the Philippines, but it gave the impression that God is at work there!

      • maefromheaven
        April 20, 2015 at 6:22 PM

        Amen! So many people to reach out to but yes, God is also at work here. Thank you for replying and sharing your thoughts. 🙂

    • maefromheaven
      April 27, 2015 at 12:47 AM

      Let me know when you come to the Philippines! I’ll be pleased to invite you to speak or have a talk at our church, C3 Metro Manila. 🙂

      • April 27, 2015 at 7:46 AM

        That would be an honor. I’d enjoy hearing from the leaders at C3 Metro as much as speaking to them! What does the C3 stand for?

      • maefromheaven
        April 27, 2015 at 8:54 AM

        It’s C3 (Christian City Church)! 🙂 Looking forward to it. Let’s keep in touch. Thank you! 🙂

      • maefromheaven
        October 5, 2017 at 11:47 AM

        I’m back! 🙂 C3 stands for Chrisitian City Church. 🙂

  2. Ron
    April 20, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    My family had a very similar conversation about this in our weekly fellowship.We were reading out of the New Testament book of Timothy about money and trusting God. Our 14-year old asked a very important question. “What do you do if you already have the money and want to buy something,” he asked? It is a matter of trust. Since I currently have money do I trust the Father to instruct me on how to use it? If my heart is truly trusting Him, then yes that is exactly what I do. If my heart is truly wanting the something, then the answer is no because you are trusting in your ability to buy it. You might say that money reveals the true intent of ones heart.

    • April 21, 2015 at 9:30 AM

      That’s insightful. I particularly like your last statement about money revealing the true intent of one’s heart. Thanks for sharing Ron!

      I’m curious to know more about the weekly fellowship you mentioned. Is that something you do with church members or just your family? What does that fellowship look like?

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