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Are You Supposed To Be Generous?

I hear it in the church. I hear it in financial circles. I hear it as a ministry. Generosity! “ God calls us to be generous,” they say. But no matter how you interpret generosity, the praise comes back to YOU. Is that what God intended?

What does God say about our wealth?
1. Where your treasure is, there is your heart. Matt 6: 21
2. Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Matt 6: 25
3. Store up your treasure in heaven. Matt 6: 20

God does not say be generous. What he says is that He owns all. He created all, and His son died on the cross to redeem us. Therefore, God owns us twice. We are merely Stewards of all His possessions.

So if we give some back to serve the Kingdom through the church or a worthy ministry, we are merely obeying God. We are not generous.

By being a Steward of all God has gifted us, we give all the glory to God. When we say we are generous, we give ourselves the glory!

If you have a fair amount of wealth, you probably worked hard to build that wealth. You used the talents God gave you and took advantage of some opportunities, which came your way. You could have chosen to do something easier or spend more time with family or work fewer hours. It was you that created the wealth. Right?

God gives you the ability to produce wealth. Deut. 8:18

Where is your heart? Comfort, desires, security, relationships? Jesus is inviting us to a Kingdom now, here on earth. We are called by God to live our lives, like a child, totally dependent on Him. Trust!

Where is your heart? If you have wealth that affords you every luxury, can you honestly say that God has your heart? Who is in charge?

Where is your heart? Despite your wealth, do you worry that you may not have enough? Is that worldly wisdom or the wisdom of God?

Where is your heart? God said that it is easier for a camel to go through an eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Is it time to give all to God? Again, Jesus is inviting us to His kingdom on earth now. He is not asking us to sell all, but he is asking us to become a Steward of all (manager of His possessions). He does not fault you for enjoying what He has gifted you, but WHERE IS YOUR HEART?

 

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joe-sturnioloBy Joe Sturniolo
Christian Family Legacy and Wealth Planning
Joe believes that stronger families are the vehicle God uses to bring
about significant impact for His Kingdom.

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