Biblical generosity is motivated by gratitude; it’s a response to God’s generosity.

Still, many passages of Scripture clearly state that there are blessings that flow from generosity, such as Proverbs 11:24: “One man gives freely yet gains even more. Another withholds unduly but comes to poverty.”

Some people trace material blessings to their giving. Others experience blessings related to their health, relationships, sense of peace, and more. Still others, such as Rich Karlgaard’s friends, find it easier to live within their means and experience financial freedom when they start giving.

It seems irrational. It doesn’t make sense on a spreadsheet. It’s one of those hard-to-explain but impossible-to-deny realities that there is a link between generosity fueled by a grateful heart and blessings.

Making It Practical

Next time I plan to go into more detail on generosity, responding to some of the most common questions I get about this topic, such as “How much should I give?” and “Where should I give?”

For now, I’d love to hear your feedback on the three major points in this post: Generosity is part of our design, reminds us of our priorities, and leads to blessings.

Other posts in this series on the 11 principles that lead to simple, meaningful success:

Matt Bell is the author of three personal finance books published by NavPress, leads workshops at churches and universities around the country, and serves as Associate Editor at Sound Mind Investing, America’s best-selling investment newsletter written from a biblical perspective. To learn more and for a free subscription to the Sound Mind Investing blog, go to

Publication date: April 6, 2012