The Bible is replete with stories and examples of generous giving. We all know about the widow’s mite in Mark 12 or the passage in Luke 6:38 where he says, 38 Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For me, the most remarkable story of giving is when God gave his only son to die on the cross for my sins. Now that is sacrificial giving!
As I think of generosity and perspective, I am reminded of the old proverb that goes something like this; I complained about not having shoes until I met a man who had no feet. Most Americans live in abundance if we compare ourselves to others around the world. At TPCS, we are blessed beyond measure in so many ways. We have had a history of generous donors that make many things possible that otherwise would have been delayed or impossible.
Maybe the biggest blessing of your generosity is the contrasting imagery of contributors to consumers. Parents and grandparents who have modeled generosity to their children will reap bountiful character blessings in their child’s future. 2 Corinthians 9:6 (ESV) 6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. The widow’s offering reminds us that generosity without discernment is not commendable. Self-sacrificial giving to misguided causes doesn’t please the Lord. TPCS takes stewarding your generosity seriously. Matt. 6:21 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
John Maxwell gives a short 2:45-minute video that expounds on our open-handed posture of generosity. I hope you will take a minute and watch this as you contemplate how generous you will be on our Day of Giving. This year’s Day of Giving is Tuesday, October 25th. On this day, your gift is combined with the gifts of others to make the greatest impact. Will you give today?