During one of our neediest times years ago, our pastor came forward to pay our rent for us. Hubby had quit his job after his employer started expecting unethical things. We felt it was more important to obey Scripture rather than take underhanded earnings. Even if it meant facing want and need, confident God would provide.
Yet we soon found ourselves unable to even pay the rent. Until our pastor stepped forward to pay it for us. Knowing they weren’t well-off, especially with 6 kids, we tried to talk him out of it. But he insisted. “It’s just God’s money changing hands,” he said.
That was our first experience with liberal Christian generosity in action. And it changed our hearts in a profound way. The deep truth behind that act and those words has spoken to us through the years and still speaks today.
It’s God’s money.
It’s all God’s. Not ours, but his to send where he wishes and use as he sees fit. Our money, our time, possessions, talents. Everything. If Christ is truly Lord of our lives then it’s all his. And he calls us to use it for his kingdom and to share it with others.
This verse is preceded by Paul urging the Corinthians to participate in sending aid to the critically poor saints in Jerusalem. “Give,” he said, “for by our care of each other we show how genuine our love is. And it proves that we are God’s children, following in his footsteps.”
Generosity: heart of the Gospel
Generosity is at the heart of the Gospel. It started with God giving his Son, and Christ giving his life on the cross. And continues still through his ongoing care of his own. God delights in blessing us and seeing us enjoy those blessings.
But he also wants us to share them, so that our abundance may bless others. The extent of our generosity reveals how much the Gospel has gripped our heart and life.
When God sent the manna in the wilderness, each had just what he needed. When Christ fed the thousands, they all ate and were satisfied. And they gathered up the leftovers, so that blessing from God’s hand could pass on to other hands.
It’s all God’s
Seeing our money and all that we have as blessings straight from God’s hands changed everything for us. We saw that all we have belongs to him. It simply changed from his hands to ours.
He continually blesses abundantly because he delights in meeting our needs. But also because he wants us to learn the blessedness of passing HIS abundant blessings on to others!
Who can you bless today?