I am currently enjoying a Bible study that talks about God's great gifts of hospitality, spiritual gifts, money, time, and empathy. I want to share about being generous with our money, remembering that everything we have is a gift from God.
Psalm 50:10 for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.
The leader shared this quote: "Our rich gusher of generosity delivers the rich oil of joy." I'm not a swearing woman, but I know this to be true.
I'm not talking about a dollar amount; where we are on the wealth scale, I'm talking about giving following the intimacy of our relationship to the Triune God.
We can't help but be generous when we are one with the Spirit of God.
Sitting across from the offering box, he was observing how the crowd tossed money in for the collection. Many of the rich were making large contributions. One poor widow came up and put in two small coins—a measly two cents. Jesus called his disciples over and said, “The truth is that this poor widow gave more to the collection than all the others put together. All the others gave what they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all.” Mark 12:41-44
A couple of Ann Voskamp's quotes from the study that I find compelling are...
"We are only given what we are called to give when it is changing how we live."
"No leftovers, but love overtures."
1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
If we can't give without expectation, then we sacrifice the joy.
The most important aspect of giving is that we all GET to GIVE! Isn't this the coolest? Every child of God GETS to give! It is not something to dread. Giving is a privilege!
"It isn't the rich who get to give it is all who give who get to be rich."
A gift is always meant to be given.
As God has gifted us, so shall we gift others generously. It is an attitude of the heart.