Your capacity for generosity is directly related to the depth of your gratitude.
Contentment releases you from the pursuit of temporal things to enable you to focus on the eternal.
Matthew 6:31-33 NIV
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Trusting in God’s promise to provide for you, allows you to be generous toward others.
Luke 16:19-21 NIV
19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
Luke 16:22-23 NIV
22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.
Luke 16:30-31 NIV
30 “ ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ 31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”
Aligning our heart with God’s heart, allows us to see who God sees, and feel what God feels.
Matthew 6:19-21 NIV
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
According to Jesus, our heart follows our money. How are your finances forming your heart?
Read 2 Corinthians 8:9.
Reflect on the generosity of Christ. In what ways did Jesus demonstrate generosity toward the people he encountered in his earthly ministry? In what ways did he demonstrate generosity in his mission to rescue us? How specifically has he been generous toward you? How might Jesus want to display his generosity through you toward others in the coming weeks?
Read and reflect on these key scriptures Matthew 6:25-34 and 13:22. Jesus assures his followers that because the Father has promised to meet our earthly and material needs, we are free to fully devote ourselves to the priorities of God’s kingdom. What types of things do you tend to worry about? What does your anxiety about money and things reveal about your relationship with God? How might the level of your generosity toward God’s Kingdom change if you were free from worrying about money?
Read Luke 16:19-31. Why do you think the rich man ignored Lazarus and never helped him? How do think attitudes such as indifference and apathy toward others in need develop in our lives? How do they affect our ability to see and feel what God sees and feels? What does this parable teach us about the link between compassion and generosity?
Read Matthew 6:19-21.What do you think Jesus meant when he said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”? Notice that according to Jesus, our heart follows our money. What does this tell us about the transformational power of money? Take some time this week to ask yourself this question, “How are my finances forming my heart?” Write down your answers and bring them before the Lord in prayer!