Some people misunderstand this concept.
Oh, I know that’s not you. My readers are quite savvy. The people who misunderstand generous Christian living are from a galaxy far, far away. They live on a planet where their space and time continuum that I’ll call the internet is slowly catching up. Someday soon, I hope they can learn all about this concept.
Okay. I’ll stop with the tongue in cheek comments and get to the point. Most people think generosity has to do with how much you make and how much you have. It doesn’t.
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Generosity is a mindset that all Christians are called to live by. One of my favorite Bible verses reminds me: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
Christian, if you’re not there yet, I pray these four steps will encourage you. I want to inspire you to live with courageous generosity.
- Start where you are. Seriously, that’s the only place you can start. Where you are right now is your beginning point. Start here. Don’t wait until you’ve arrived at some ambiguous location described as, where I can afford it. If you’ve postponed living generously because you’re waiting until you get to the place where you can afford it, you might never arrive. You can’t get to generosity from there.
- Use what you have. Generous living is a shift that begins with creating margin. What if the path to increase is a route that includes giving away some of what you already have? Every good thing you have in life is a gift from God that He has called you to manage well. So use what you have and start the path towards a generous lifestyle. After all, you can’t use what you don’t have.
- Give God what’s right. Christian, I’d be a poor Bible student if I didn’t bring this to your attention. God expects you to return His tithes freely. And as soon as you possibly can, He expects you to give your offerings freely. These are done to bless you and to support the expansion of His Kingdom throughout the world. It takes real money to do real ministry. Good intentions are sweet. But until you’re fully invested in the process, you’re not fully vested in the outcome.
- Live on what’s left. Don’t use what rightfully belongs to God’s Kingdom work to live on. Many faith-filled believers through the ages have found freedom in living off of 80-90% of their income. You, too, can refuse to live beyond your means, and learn to live beneath them. Don’t spend what you don’t have on things you don’t need to impress others. Read this next sentence slowly and think about it. Always wanting more hurts me, but being thankful helps me enjoy life.
I’ll wrap up these four steps with a word about contentment. You weren’t born with it. It’s a learned skill. Here’s how you can know when you’re beginning to learn contentment. You’re practicing intentional gratitude, thanking God for what you have. Whether you have more or less, you’re experiencing the joy that Jesus wants you to have.
Christians with a generous lifestyle experience more routine contentment than those who refuse generosity.