How then shall we give?
- Quietly (Matthew 6:2-4)
- Wholeheartedly (II Corinthians 8:7).
- Generously (II Corinthians 9:6)
- Cheerfully (II Corinthians 9:7)
- Willingly (II Corinthians 9:7)
- Sacrificially (II Corinthians 9:8)
- Faithfully (I Corinthians 4:2)
- Habitually (I Corinthians 16:2)
- As a first thought, not an after thought (Proverbs 3:9-10; Matthew 6:33)
- To the glory of God and the advancement of His work! (I Peter 4:10-11).
5 guidelines for cultivating generosity
- Be grateful for what you have
- Put people first
- Don’t allow the desire for possessions to control you
- See money as a resource
- Develop the habit of giving
- “Just the very act of letting go of money, or some other treasure, does something within us. It destroys the demon ‘greed’.” (From: “Leadership promises for everyday” J. Maxwell)
A true test
“There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditures excludes them.” (C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)
Meditate on these words
- “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (II Corinthians 8:9).
- “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (II Corinthians 9:8).