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Proverbs 22:9 ” A generous man will himself be blessed…”

We see a need…the Holy Spirit nudges us to give, whether that be our money, time, or talents…but we resist, make excuses, or just plain say, “No way!”    The very greatest thing we can learn from this Proverb is to not repress a generous impulse.  For when we silence that compulsion to be unselfish…we are denying others and ourselves a blessing.  We are stopping God from using us to further His Kingdom work…and we are depriving ourselves of His favor.  So don’t suppress a generous impulse when it happens…for the Lord is depending on you to fill that specific need.

Luke 21:1-4 ” As He looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the Temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. ‘I tell you the truth,’ He said, ‘this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.’

Giving…whether it be money, time or talents is a real stumbling block for many Christians.  We tend to be a selfish, self-centered people…when the Lord wants us to be generous.  We want to be recognized and honored for anything we do…when the Lord requires discretion. (Matthew 6:1-4)  We give the Lord  left-overs…rather than, like the poor widow, giving all we have.

II Corinthians 8:7 ” But just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness, and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”

What’s it mean to excel in the grace of giving?  Here the Apostle Paul was encouraging the Church in Corinth to be generous in their giving to others.  Generosity can be a learned behavior…we see our parents or family acting unselfishly with their money or time…and we do the same.  But on the other hand, dire circumstances we’ve lived through can also determine how generous we are, or not.  Fearless generosity is an investment into God’s Kingdom work and excelling in this grace of giving is the start of that bold approach.

Matthew 7:11 ” If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!”

God is a generous giver and His desire is to bless us.  It says in James 1:17 that, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father…”  So as big-hearted as God is towards us, we need to reflect that generosity in our giving to others.  But He’s not just talking about money here…for it’s easy to give money.  No, He’s talking about our time…and we’re probably more tight-fisted about that than any amount of money we’d give.  Proverbs 21:26 tells us, “The righteous give without sparing.”  So if you’ve been stingy with your time for the Lord…think of this…you will never be able to out give God.

Romans 12:8 ” …if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously.”

This time of year we are inundated with requests and pleas for donations.  They call on the phone, they mail us fliers, they approach us in public places.  All these overwhelming requests can turn anyone cold towards helping others…to the point of thinking, ” I can’t give, I can hardly get by with what I have!”   Paul addressed this in II Corinthians 8:2 –  where he explained even though the Church in Macedonia was going through severe trials and  extreme poverty,  their  joy of the Lord overflowed and welled up into rich generosity towards others.   God has proven over and over again that you can’t out give Him.  So allow  joy  and thankfulness to fill your heart this Holiday Season as you give generously to others…not out of your lack, but out of His riches.

II Corinthians 9:7 ” Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

As Believers we are called to be a generous people…and this was displayed vividly this morning in Church.  Our Pastor announced that as we left each family would be receiving a plain white envelope with cash inside ranging from $20- $100.  We were to consider this a starting point to bless others during this holiday season.  The Lord has called all of us  to be missional…reaching outside the Church walls to help others.  For we are to be His ambassadors… shining His light, expanding His Kingdom, and seeking to leave an eternal impact on our community and world. (A direct quote from the note enclosed in the envelope.)  As I hold this bill in my hand,  I know the Lord will not only direct us as to how much we are to add to it, but who we should bless with it.

II Chronicles 31:5 ” As soon as the order went out, the Isralites generously gave the fristfruits of their grain, new wine, oil and honey and all that the fields produced. They brought a great amount, a tithe of everything.”

The other day I helped at the local Food Pantry organizing all the donated food that’s coming in this time of the year from the  many food drives going on… there was a mountain of food to find a place for.  It struck me how  willingly and joyfully  the people of this area are in donating to this great cause…and because of their generous nature, many will have food on their tables this holiday season.  We can’t be tight-fisted, just giving the bare minimum  of what we have to others…for it’s really not ours in the first place…the Lord has blessed us with it.  Instead, we need to be happy and glad to give, for it tells us in II Corinthians 9:7, “God loves a cheerful giver.”  This Scripture shows us that they gave generously of all they had, not holding back but giving with a open hand and a big heart.  I pray we may become that type of people.