As a child, I first learned that money “Can’t Buy Me Love” from the Beatles.
As an adult, I’ve learned that no matter how much I spend or what I buy, money can’t buy me happiness. But what if money can make me more blessed? The question is, can money make me more blessed, not can money buy me happiness. What if giving money away and living a generous lifestyle can make me lead a more blessed life?
Paul had a revelation about generosity. In Acts 20:35, he told the Ephesian elders, “I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Based on my life’s work as a Bible student and my life experience, here’s what I have learned.
Generosity is the power to achieve a more blessed life.Tweet
Let me share what I’ve discovered with the help of three statements.
Generous living grows my character.
God is more interested in your character than your comfort. He wants to use finances to grow you up. And real life has taught me that I will either control my finances, or they will control me.
Children of God are called to become more and more like their heavenly Father. Our Father is generous, and as we imitate His generosity, we become more like Him as loving children (see Ephesians 5:1).
Generosity is always more about your heart than the size of the gift. A heart that trusts God with all of its finances and material possessions will learn to emulate the giving heart of Abba, Father. Such trusting obedience causes our character to grow.
Generous living guides my journey.
With God as true North, the child of God has a set reference point. Back before the days of GPS devices and smartphones, people used paper maps when traveling. The paper map always showed a compass with north pointing up as the set reference point.
God’s giving character has become our established reference point, and generous living guides us as we follow His word and will. Consider the will of God described in 1 Timothy 6:17-19. Click the link and read.
We have no need for the rat race pursuit of possessions. If we follow God’s example of generosity, we’ll see blessings everywhere. However, we must be willing to share. God wants our generosity done with a willing heart.
Generous living generates my gratitude.
When I extend obedient generosity towards someone, it makes me think, and then thank God. I begin to realize that I’m leading a more blessed life (see Proverbs 11:25). The privilege to participate in God’s generosity through tithes and offerings also makes me thankful. And, the generous living of God’s children makes Him glad.
So, what does generous living look like? It means we’re committed to being generous with whatever God places in our hands. It’s not about what we don’t have or can’t give. It’s about helping with the needs all around us.
WRAPPING IT UP…
Generosity is the power to achieve your more blessed life. Godly generosity is what makes your faith real. You can say you love something or someone all you want, but if you’re not giving, it can come across as nothing more than a lot of lip service. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21).
Here’s one last bonus point that’s shareable.
Generous people are grateful people, but greedy people are grumpy people.Tweet