June 21, 2020
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Jesus taught one of the surest ways to find out what a person treasures is to watch what they do with their treasures.Jesus taught one of the surest ways to find out what a person treasures is to watch what they do with their treasures.
Matthew 6:21 and Luke 12:34
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
In the Bible, generosity is important because it reveals if God is really important to us.
How does generosity bless God?
1. By recognizing His ownership.
“Look, the highest heavens and the earth and everything in it all belong to the Lord your God.”
“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
“…who then can stand up to me? Who has given me anything that I need to pay back? Everything under heaven is mine.”
2. When we worship Him from our generosity.
God’s children are to live, not as entitled people, but to live as God’s entrusted people.
Where my stuff?…
A rich fool (Luke 12:16-21);
The corrupt manager (Luke 16:19-31);
The Talents (Matthew 25:14-30);
The Master and the Servant (Luke 17:7-10)
The Parable of the Ten Servants (Luke 19:11-27);
And, 14 others.
3. We are generous because it affirms God’d character.
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!” (NLT)
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (NIV)