WHY BOTHER BEING GENEROUS?

WHY BOTHER BEING GENEROUS?

“Give and spend, and God will send.”

The last time we looked at this nugget of wisdom from my old family friend, we saw how the provision and protection of our Father will exceed and overwhelm any need that we may have. Today, we are again reminded of just how much our Father loves us and how sure we can be of His supply. So sure, in fact, that not only will our needs be met, they will be met in abundance, till it overflows and we can afford to be generous to those around.

“Things go well with the person who is merciful and lends,
who conducts his affairs with fairness;
for he will never be moved.
The righteous will be remembered forever.” Psalm 112:5-6 [CJB]

The Psalmist reminds us that if our generosity serves a merciful end, if through our giving of ourselves and whatever that is ours, we can show kindness and mercy to another, we will be stable and planted in our state, things will fall in place for us and we will be remembered forever.

Now, why is that the case and how will this come to be? Well, let’s take a look at the ‘how’ first.

“Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!) Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who fears (reveres and worships) the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments.” Psalm 112:1 [AMPC]

When we are aware of just how much we are loved by Jesus and by our Father, despite our sinful past and our present propensity to sin, we cannot help but be in awe of the fact that a perfect God would love sinful us. Now, when we approach God in that manner, when we see Him as a loving Father, then we willingly take our rightful place as children. And as children do, we will therefore await our Father’s provision and protection, knowing, with full confidence, that He will never let us down. So once our trust is in Him, this is the end result.

“His descendants will be powerful on earth,
a blessed generation of upright people.
Wealth and riches are in his house,
and his righteousness stands forever.
To the upright he shines like a light in the dark,
merciful, compassionate and righteous.” Psalm 112:2-4 [CJB]

Not only will we be blessed, our family will be blessed. And yes, it literally says that wealth and riches, yes, that means money, will be in our house. And our reputation will be famous, not infamous, but famous our world over. But that is not all.

“He will not be frightened by bad news;
he remains steady, trusting in Adonai.
His heart is set firm, he will not be afraid,
till finally he looks in triumph at his enemies.
He distributes freely, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness stands forever.
His power will be increased honorably.
The wicked will be angry when they see this;
they will gnash their teeth and waste away,
the desires of the wicked will come to nothing.” Psalm 112:7-10 [CJB]

We will be secure. And even though there will be much jealousy, their evil schemes will come to nothing. And that my friend is how we will become generous.

I mean think about it. In order for us to give, we must first have been filled, to the point of overflowing, so that we have the means to give. But more than that, we must also be filled with a sense of security when we look into the future, else our hearts will be filled with worry and fear, anxious for the future, even though our houses are filled with wealth. True? Have you met rich but insecure people? And have you met people who perhaps are not as wealthy, but they have such an optimistic and secure view of the future, they are always confident of good days to come? Sure we have. So which would you rather be? Rich and secure, or rich and secure? Because, beloved, rich is not an option. Neither is secure. They are both givens and have just been each mentioned twice in the same Psalm.

But what if we want to be selfish about our wealth and security. What if we just want to lord over it. Can we?

Beloved, because of our position in Christ; because we are now and forever more, in right standing with God our Father, yes we can. But remember the advice of Paul.

“All things are legitimate [permissible—and we are free to do anything we please], but not all things are helpful (expedient, profitable, and wholesome). All things are legitimate, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life].” 1 Corinthians 10:23 [AMPC]

Now think about the function of wealth in our lives. Why are we made rich? Especially since,

“…we have brought nothing into the world; and we can take nothing out of it;” 1 Timothy 6:7 [CJB]

Indeed, “…true religion does bring great riches, but only to those who are content with what they have.” 1 Timothy 6:6 [CJB]

And that is why together with wealth, our Father also gives us contentment with what we have, so that we will not be like

“…those whose goal is to be rich fall into temptation; they get trapped in many foolish and hurtful ambitions which plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all the evils; because of this craving, some people have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves to the heart with many pains.” 1 Timothy 6:9-10 [CJB]

So again, yes, you can be selfish with your wealth and blessings, but why would you want to be? For if you are generous with what you have been given, not only will you gain a good reputation, you will bring glory to The One who gave you the means to be generous in the first place, true? For when others look upon your generosity, they will be no less amazed than these people, and I am sure their response will be similar.

“Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them. So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.” Matthew 15:30-31

In this selfish world, would people not be amazed by generosity, the same way that people back then were amazed by healing? And if you point them to Jesus when they ask after the cause of your generosity, would you not be bringing Him glory as well? After all, doing that is just returning the favor, for He was The One who gave you the means to build a good reputation for yourself in the first place, true?

Furthermore, think about the means with which you are using to achieve such an eternal result. Did not Jesus remind us,

“And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”
They said to Him, “Caesar’s.”
And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”” Matthew 22:20-21

So who’s image is on the bank note that you hold in your hand? God’s?

Beloved, we are blessed so that we can be a blessing. Being able to use what is temporal (that is to say your earthy riches in whatever shape and form) to gain what is eternal (that is to say the winning of souls for our Father) is the best deal that we could have. For indeed that is why Jesus said,

“For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here] shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here] for My sake shall find it [life everlasting].” Matthew 16:25 [AMPC]

So beloved, if our Father has presented you with a chance to use what He has given you to win a soul for Him through an act of kind and merciful generosity, what is holding you back? Surely your reward will be much greater than the seed you used to sow.

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