During this time of Sabbatical, the Holy Spirit has pointed out several weaknesses I bring to ministry.
I am convicted that my voice is weak regarding generosity. For fear of driving people away or making them feel uncomfortable, I have not adequately shepherded the community I love in this vital area of giving.
God is generous. God is so generous that our ultimate Provider literally puts “skin in the game”. Jesus is God’s perfect example of being generous. The call to give our first fruits and our tithes (two different Old Testament ways of giving) come from an understanding that God does indeed “give us this day our daily bread”. It has taken years for my head and my heart to get on the same page regarding the worship of God with time and resources. Tithing, giving, and blessing are matters of worship to God. We respond to His blessings by being a blessing to others. When we respond to His goodness with goodness, we become instruments in His hand to usher in His coming kingdom.
If I wonder how is my life of worship doing, the Maker of Heaven and Earth has given dashboards to quickly indicate my worship levels. When it comes to the use of my God-given time and God-given resources, my calendar and my checkbook poignantly testify to my priorities and what I am prone to worship.
God’s call to receive is linked to his call to give. Generosity is a matter of the will but also of the soul!
Generosity isn’t any one thing—it is everything! God’s generosity in the gift of Jesus is about life that is rich toward God.