I caught myself thinking recently: “I wish I were rich so I could give most of it away.” Hopefully, this mindset is a response to the kind of generosity lavished upon me by God through his Son. The one flaw in my thought, however, was this: ‘who says you have to be rich to give your stuff away’? By global standards, we’re amongst the more wealthy in the world. Two Scriptural examples of generosity with money stunningly are poor people. Luke 21:1-4 is the first:
“[Jesus] looked up and saw the rich dropping their offerings into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow dropping in two tiny coins. “I tell you the truth,” He said. “This poor widow has put in more than all of them. For all these people have put in gifts out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in
all she had to live on.”
2 Corinthians 8:1-5 is the second example:
“We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God granted to the churches of Macedonia: During a severe testing by affliction, their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed into the wealth of their generosity. I testify that, on their own, according to their ability and beyond their ability, they begged us insistently for the privilege of sharing in the ministry to the saints...”
God’s generosity in the gospel to me through Christ ought to motivate me to be generous with my resources. I just finished Randy Alcorn’s short book The Treasure Principle, and it has excited me about becoming a more generous giver to God’s work
and the needy. Here are the six “Treasure Principle Keys” that Alcorn sets forth:
1) God owns everything. I’m his money manager.
2) My heart always goes where I put God’s money.
3) Heaven, not earth, is my home.
4) I should live not for the dot but for the line. From the dot—our present life on earth—extends a line that goes on forever, which is eternity in heaven.
5) Giving is the only antidote to materialism.
6) God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.