Generosity is essential for spiritual health, yet many Christians only see it as an optional virtue. The habit of generosity is to be intentionally pursued and enthusiastically practiced. Below are 8 steps that will help you become generous.
- Daily consider the marvelous grace God has given you through Jesus Christ. Though undeserving, we have been forgiven, filled with the very presence of God and promised eternal life. When you ignore grace, you inevitably become selfish.
- See your life as a gift. This is the first step toward joy. Where there is no joy, there will be no generosity.
- Recognize the difference between giving and generosity. Many people give out of sense of obligation, duty or civic responsibility, but generosity sees giving as a privilege. Giving as responsibility asks the question, “what is the least I can give and meet my responsibility?” Generosity asks, “what is the most I can give and still meet my basic needs?”
- Trust God for your future rather than your possessions. We often give little because we are afraid we are going to run out which is a scarcity mindset. But Christians have an abundance view of life in that we know God will provide what we need.
- Make giving a spiritual exercise. By that I mean recognize when you are giving to the church, mission projects or individuals in need you are really giving to God.
- See yourself as a steward and God as the owner. In the purest form of the word, we do not own anything. Everything belongs to God and He has entrusted us with possessions and resources and we are to use them as He desires.
- Pray daily that you will become a generous person and that your children will be generous. We frequently pray for the moral purity of our children as we should, but we also need to pray for them to be generous.
- Each week see the offering at church as a time of worship. If you give on-line use the offering time on Sunday to dedicate to God what you have already given.
More on this to come.
See you Sunday,
Dr. Gary Fenton,
Your Interim Pastor