In Touch - May. 14/15, 2011
Becoming a Generous Giver
Our heavenly Father has been generous to us in every way. He formed us in our mother’s womb with tender, loving care and gave us physical life (Ps. 139:13). He created the world in which we live and provided air to breathe, water to drink, food to eat, and other essentials. He’s offered these gifts to every generation and has not withheld any because of unrighteousness (Matt. 5:45b).
At salvation, we received additional gifts—the forgiveness of sins, eternal life, adoption into God’s family, and a heavenly home. We did not deserve these, nor could we earn them. They have been freely given to all who believe in Jesus as their personal Savior. Another important gift is the Holy Spirit, who indwells us and provides wisdom, guidance, and comfort.
We’ve been given so much at no cost, yet we struggle to give liberally. Our selfish nature wants to keep what we have.
To overcome selfishness and become a generous giver, remember these truths. We are . . .
• Imitating Jesus when we give sacrificially.
• Honoring our heavenly Father when we obey His commands to give.
• Providing God with opportunities to bless us as we share with others.
• Extending His work through our support of the local church.
Being a generous person requires a heart that loves the Lord above all else, a will that is submitted to Him, and a mind that desires to obey His commands. The Holy Spirit, who helps us have victory over self, will also transform us into someone who finds pleasure in giving. God loves a cheerful giver.
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