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Living Generously

Humans are born with the instinct to grab on to things – just put your finger in a baby’s palm and watch what happens. As we grow older, that instinct continues: we try to get more money, more possessions, more, more, more. But that is not an attribute of God. 

God loves to give things away. He built the Garden of Eden (and the whole earth) and gave it to humanity. God gave us a relationship with Him and then lived out that love through Jesus. Then Jesus gave himself for us to show how much he is willing to give. God wants things for us, not from us.

God really doesn’t need anything from us – if God did, he’d take our money right now! Instead, God wants us to see what is truly valuable in our lives. Too many times we think that things are paramount but instead God values people and relationships. God asks us to give not so that the church will benefit but so that we humans will prioritize the place of money in our lives – it is not first or even second but way down the list. Giving loosens our grip on what we so vainly hold on to tightly.

Take a few minutes to think about the value you place on money. Do you trust in God or in money? Trusting in God is hard – putting your confidence in something or someone over which you don’t have control is, well, faith. Look at God’s outstretched hands and what God wants to give you. Now look at what you’re holding on to. Open your hands, imitate God by being generous with all you have including your money, your time, and your skills.

This website has more resources to help you practice Christian generosity.

 
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