“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
Lately we’ve been trying to teach and encourage our kids to be more generous. This is isn’t always easy especially when they get a sudden inflow of cash from a birthday gift or a side job they do for a neighbor or a friend. Once they have that money in hand the idea of giving some of it back to God as an offering just doesn’t feel right.
Many of us can probably relate. You see it’s easy for us to forget that God is our source. When this happens we tend to take pride in what we have achieved and instead of being more generous we are tempted to hang on more tightly because we know how hard it was to earn that dollar.
Here’s what we tend to forget though. All that we have comes from His hand whether we realize it or not. That great job that you have, God gave you the skill to be able to succeed in that position. Those generous parents or friends that help you out along the way, God brought them into your life.
This is why it’s so important that we grow in generosity. When we are generous we put our faith into action. Being generous is our way of acknowledging that God is our source no matter how much we may or may not have.
The Apostle Paul said this in Philippians 4:12 “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
Ask yourself this question, are you able to be content in any and every situation? Are you happy whether you have a lot or a little? If not, there’s probably one main reason, you’re not giving God something to work with. You’re not being generous with what you currently have.
You see being a generous person starts with whatever is in your hand. If you have two coats, you give one to another person. If you have a whole sandwich, you give someone half. The key to growing in generosity is starting where you are at, no matter how little it may be.
When you and I begin to practice giving out of what we have, we will quickly find that we have more that we thought and God uses us to be a blessing to others. The reason I know this is true is because people tell me they have experienced this reality themselves. They stepped out in in faith and gave God something to work with and He poured the blessing back on them.
Have you experienced this truth of being a generous person? Let me know in the comments below.