“Research consistently reveals that people in America want to make a difference in the world. For all their selfish tendencies and inward looking practices, they want their lives to count for something of lasting value. The means to that end is loving and serving God. And the surest avenue to effectively growing that relationship is to capture His vision and live it to the fullest.” (George Barna, The Power of Vision)
To say that God has a generous heart is an understatement. After all, He sent His Son to die for us on the cross so that we might one day live with Him in heaven. The cross is God’s standard of generosity….and that standard is set pretty high. The author of Ephesians 5:1 gives us one part of the vision of God----- to “be imitators of God, as beloved children.” We are to share what God has blessed us with: time, talent and funds. Not out of fear or peer pressure or guilt, but out of the sense of love that we feel for God and from God.
We are generous because it pleases our God. We are generous because no matter how tough things are for us, there are others who are having it tougher….and they need us. We are generous because it changes us from a hard-hearted, self-centered person, into a compassionate and caring child of God. We are generous because it mirrors the generous heart of God. We are generous because the best way to find lasting value is to give generously, even sacrificially, to others.
“He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32