Monday, October 5, 2009

God Wants Us to be Generous Givers

God's will for Christians is that we be generous givers.
This is clearly taught in Scripture, and is rooted in the wonderful truth that God himeslf is a generous Giver!

Are you thankful that God is not stingy? Whose air have you been breathing today? God's! (Has he ever mailed you a bill?) Who maintains your sanity (seriously - have you, by an act of your will, done one thing to hold your sanity together? No, God maintains for us our ability to think and reason!)? Who gave you life? Who supplies rain to water the earth and bring forth food? God is a generous Giver!!!
Are you glad that God is not stingy with forgiveness, for those who come to him through Jesus? How many times have you crawled before his throne asking for grace, mercy and forgiveness?

God the Father is a Giver.
He gave his Son:
  • “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son..." John 3:16
  • "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" Romans 8:32

He gives the Holy Spirit: "…the Holy Spirit who has been given to us" Rom 5:5

He gives us numerous blessings:
"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. …Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights…" Jam 1:5, 17
He gives victory (1 Cor 15:57). He gives grace (Rom 12:3; 1 Cor 1:4, 3:10; 2 Tim 1:9).
He gives eternal life (John 10:28-29; 1 John 5:11)

God will forever be a giver!
"And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb." Rev 21:23

“Close to 90% of uses of didomi (Greek word for “give”) in the NT letters have God as their subject; thus, Christianity is a religion of receiving gifts from God that we cannot earn ourselves.” (Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, p285).

God the Son is a Giver.
He gave himself:

  • "...I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20b
  • "‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’" Lk 22:19
  • "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her" Ephesians 5:25 (see also Gal 1:4; Eph 5:2; 1 Tim 2:6; Titus 2:14)

God the Holy Spirit is a Giver.
He gives life: "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all..." John 6:63 (see also 2 Cor 3:6b)
He gives us spiritual gifts: 1 Cor 12:8-11

We are to be like God the Giver!
"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children." Eph 5:1

Have you thanked God for his generosity today? Have you asked him to do a mighty work of grace in your life to make you a generous giver?

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:8-11, ESV

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