FRIDAY – “A Vision of Generosity”
Isaiah 32:8 (ESV)
“But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity.”
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” -Jim Elliot
Jesus Christ, who owns all things outright, in his great, tender compassion graced us with every spiritual blessing by creating us, living and dying for us, rising for us, and interceding for us. He lavished the riches of his grace upon us so that we might be united to him. Because of his sort of generosity, so also, may we open our hearts to all to unite them with Christ for all eternity.
A Vision of Generosity
• God is a giver; we are his image-bearers.
• Grace-based generosity is an outward sign of inward transformation: rebirth by the power of the Holy Spirit.
• Giving for (unrighteous) gain: It’s quite possible to give a lot of money without a generous heart. Motives = guilt and/or pride.
• There is something good to be gained by generosity: treasure in heaven (including God himself).
• Random act of generosity, such as:
• Include enough margin in your budget to respond when the Holy Spirit presents opportunities to bless and help people.
• Buy dinner for the couple next to you at a restaurant, or the car behind you in the drive-thru
• Bring your wife a surprise gift card
• Take your kids out for ice cream
• Buy doughnuts for your co-workers
• If you’re dining in the city, box up an extra meal and give it to a homeless person
• Mow your neighbor’s lawn
• Read the newspaper for stories about local needs you could help meet
• Offer free babysitting to families in your community group
Source: [Jamie Munson, Money: God or Gift, p. 63, 109]
Giving Generosity to the Next Generation is intentional
• Teach your kids about Jesus and their need for his grace.
• Invite your kids into the conversation.
• Teach your kids to divide their money into three categories: give, save, spend.
• Don’t stifle innovation; allow failure.
• Engage your kids and teach them discernment.
• Model generosity.
Source: [Jamie Munson, Money: God or Gift, p. 111]
People of no faith… live and die to love, trust, and obey their stuff. It gives them a sense of individual accomplishment and personal freedom. They’re either the haves or the have-nots. Their philanthropy is really a form of selfishness in order to promote their own name.
People of damaged faith… work and strive to love, trust, and obey their stuff to demonstrate a perceived sense of individual accomplishment and personal freedom. The haves condescend the have-nots, and the have-nots despise the haves. Their philanthropy serves selfish ends, too, so that society accepts them.
People of active faith… work, live and die to love, trust, and obey God, the giver of all good things. They identify themselves as children of the Creator of all things. None of them are have-nots because they all possess the rich grace of Jesus Christ and his inheritance. Their philanthropy is an intentional practice of sacrifice and joyous sharing with others.
Diagnose and plan your Legacy of Generosity to the next generation.
• Walk with Jesus – Who will be impacted by my walk with Jesus? A particular age group, culture, neighbor, family member?
• Giving – How much will I give between today and my last day? Have I given generously throughout my life, and will I continue to do so through my estate?
• Family – What will my family look like? How many children? Where will we live?
• Friendships – Who will my friends be? To whom will I have been a friend?
• Mission – What will I have done in obedience to Jesus’ commandment to “make disciples of all nations” and fulfill the Great Commission?
• Career – What will I have spent my life working on or working for?
• Housing – Will I pass on real estate as part of my legacy?
• Finances – What will I leave behind financially and to whom? Where will the money God has entrusted to be me have the greatest impact for the gospel?
Source: [Jamie Munson, Money: God or Gift, p. 111-112]