Generosity 101 - You can't outgive God

A person my wife and I met for the first time at a Christian event unexpectedly showed us generosity and blessed us with a sizeable amount of money. I was shocked by the generosity but equally shocked by what followed. Before we had time to process and plan what to do with the money, I felt a prompting from God to give away all the money.

 

 

We were to give the money to a worthy cause, supporting Alpha's 2033 vision. 2033 will mark 2000 years since Jesus' resurrection, and Alpha is aiming to ensure that the message of Jesus is available to everyone in a language they understand by 2033. 

 

 

Yes, it's a worthy cause, but why give us the money, God? Only to have us give it away? Why not just prompt the gentleman who gave us the money to give it to Alpha themselves?

 

 

My dilemma, reminds me of the story of the rich young ruler. 

 

 

When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor; you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." Luke 18:22

 

 

Why did Jesus make such a request? He didn't ask this of all his followers?

 

Is it because Jesus needed money that he asked this rich young ruler to sell all he had? Or was it, for the young man's sake, that Jesus made this request?

 

Same applies me, in Jesus request to pass on the generosity shown to us to Alpha. It was for my sake. Jesus was asking me,

 

will I trust in my own provision or the provision of God?"

 

 

Most of us, myself included, find it difficult to be generous because we think generosity will leave us destitute and lacking basic needs like food, clothing, and shelter. That is not true, however; the truth is:

 

 

"None of us can ever outgive God".

 

 

Firstly, God has given us the resources, be it money, time, health, relationships, etc. In my case, the money had literally been given to me; I didn't have it a few days prior. So, how can I claim ownership of it when God has asked me to invest it in Jesus' mission on earth? 

 

 

Secondly, how can I ever outgive a God who left heaven to die on the cross so that I might have life? There is no amount of sacrifice on my behalf that will ever come close to matching that. Yes, it's true that: 

 

 

God asks much of those who follow him, but it is only because He also has given much of Himself – explicitly dying on the cross.

 

 

 

Thirdly, this same God, whom we can never outgive, has promised us that he will provide for our needs come what may. He will never leave us nor forsake us. 

 

 

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

 

 

Your handling of money and its role in your life might be something Jesus is asking you to revise today. Whether you have a lot of money or a little, money can still be an idol that makes you live a self-centred and unfulfilled life. 

 

 

Generosity is an antidote to money idolatry, and fulfilment occurs in the service of God and others. 

 

 

As you revise your relationship with money, look at your bank statement or app. How much do you give generously, and how much is on your consumption?

 

Today, make an intentional plan to be generous.

 

 

No one is generous by accident.

 

 

When you increase your generosity, you will learn that no one can ever outgive God, as he showers you with material and non-material blessings so that you can continue to be even more generous to others.

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