Key Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:7 "So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver."
Mark 10:17-22 contains an interesting encounter between Jesus and a rich young ruler. To paraphrase the account, the ruler asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Christ’s response was to keep the commandments, which the ruler said he had done from an early age. Jesus then instructed him to sell what he had and give the proceeds to the poor, and then come follow Him. The ruler did not abide Christ’s words, but instead went away saddened.
Jesus knew this man had great earthly possessions and was not willing to let go and “take up the cross” (verse 21). This man had treasures on earth, but not in heaven. He was about accumulating resources for himself rather than the mission of God. His heart was focused on the material rather than the eternal.
We are merely stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us. He grants us this stewardship in order to bring glory to Himself. Our hearts and minds must remain focused on the Provider rather than on the provision. Generosity is an outpouring of our love for others because of the love God poured out for us. Whether by using our time, talents, or treasures we show love to others by sacrificially giving of these for their benefit.
Questions to Consider: Do I identify as a steward of all that God has entrusted to me? How can I love others through my generosity? How is generosity important to my discipleship?
- That I identify as a steward, and never an owner, of my time, talent, and treasure.
- That I understand biblical giving is both a command and a privilege, and should be done joyfully.
- That I will develop a regular habit of financial giving, to my church first and also to God’s kingdom agenda.
- That I will love others through my generosity.
- That through our generosity, the church budget would grow to provide greater kingdom impact.
- That our church leadership would operate with humility, integrity, and transparency regarding God’s resources.