I Timothy 6:17-19; Proverbs 11:24-25, 22:9
17Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
24One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. 25A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
9The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.
Additional Scripture thoughts:
What causes us to not have a generous heart?
Charles Spurgeon, “The sea feeds the clouds, the clouds empty out their treasures, the earth gives back the rain in fertility, and so it is and endless chain of giving generously.”
Dr. Charles Stanley - God created us to be givers, not reservoirs. Â Jesus said, Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to yo in full - pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into you lap.
How do we grow a generous heart?
We thank You that You have given us life, that You sustain us by the power of Your Holy Spirit, and that You gave Jesus Christ as an offering for us and for our sins. We thank You for the abundance that we have in our lives. We pray that You would help us. Help us to honor You with our tithes and offerings. Help us to care for the poor and those who are in need. Help us to recognize that it is more blessed to give than to receive. We offer ourselves to You. Help us to do Your will. Lead us we pray, in Your holy name. Amen.
Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC