Generosity: The Bible’s View
Hello, my name is Ron Blue. I am asked many, many times, “What is the Bible’s view on generosity?” I wrote a book in the late 1990s that was entitled “Generous Living.” The thesis of that book was that the only people who really experience financial freedom and financial peace of mind are those who give generously. It’s the only way to break the power of money.
When I look at a concordance on generosity, one of the verses that jumps out is I Chronicles 29:14 (NIV). It says this, “But who am I, and who are my people that we should be able to give as generously as this? For everything comes from You and we have given You only what comes from Your own hand.” So, generosity begins with an understanding of where did it all come from? It all came from Him. So, when I give back to anything that is the Lord’s work I’m just giving something that He’s already given to me. And David says, “Give generously. We are giving generously because of what You have given us.”
In the New Testament there are many, many verses on generosity. In I Timothy 6, it says God gives us richly all things to enjoy, that we might give generously to those who are in need. We’ve probably all heard teaching on the verses that say, “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows generously will also reap generously.” (2 Corinthians 9:6) So, there are several aspects to generosity. Number one, I cannot be generous with anything, because I did not create anything. God gave it all to me, and I in turn am freed up to give it. And, here’s the thing that happens: when I give generously, I break the power of money. So, to me, generosity is all summed up in this: it comes from God, and God wants to use what He gives to me to break the power of money in my life, so that I am free to serve the God of the heavens as opposed to the god of materialism. Just some thoughts to think about when it comes to generosity.
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