“At this present time your abundance being a supply for their need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for your need, that there may be equality; as it is written, ‘He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little had no lack’” (2 Corinthians 8:14-15).
YOU CAN’T TAKE YOUR RESOURCES with you—but you can send them on ahead. God offers you a life of great joy and a surprising route to take you there. Wherever you are at this moment, God invites you to embark on an adventure begin a journey of generosity.
“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:25 NIV).
To understand what your heart values most, consider how you spend your money. Generosity has the amazing power to unshackle you from materialism and fill your heart with contentment. Your money follows your heart. Yet you can bring your heart—and thereby your life—closer to God by reallocating your treasure from earthly possessions to eternal blessings. Giving shifts your focus from internal to external . . . to eternal.
The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn offers a foundation for your thinking.
Key #1. God owns everything. I’m His money manager.
Key #2. My heart always goes where I put God’s money. Watch what happens when you reallocate your money from temporal things to eternal things.
Key #3. Heaven, not earth, is my home. We are citizens of “a better country—a heavenly one” (Hebrews 11:16 NIV).
Key #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.
Key #5. Giving is the only antidote to materialism. Giving is a joyful surrender to a greater person and a greater agenda. It dethrones me and exalts Him.
Key #6. God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving. God gives us more money than we need so we can give generously.
“I shovel it out and God shovels it back—but God has a bigger shovel.” — R. G. LeTourneau
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The devotion above was taken from the 52-week Devotional entitled “Experiencing Christ as Life and Leader”.
Many give a mental assent to this teaching yet are often asking, “What do I do? What does Christ as life look like?“ Too often Christians err by moving too far to one side or the other—reducing the Christian life to a list of do’s and don’ts, or they actually do nothing.
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- A Personal Focus
- A Relational Focus
- A Missional Focus
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