Have you ever encountered a revolution by experiencing the kind of generosity that has utterly changed your quality of life?
I am not here to preach, but I would be denying my beliefs if did not take a moment to honor my Creator, who did just that for me.
Here are some thoughts to ponder:
Giving is a Result of Obedience: This doesn’t mean we should give only when we’re feeling cheerful. The cheerfulness often comes during and after the act of obedience, not before it. So don’t wait until you feel like giving; it could be a long wait! Just give and watch the joy follow. [Page 27]
There is Joy in Giving Despite Adversity: How do “severe trial,” “overflowing joy,” “extreme poverty,” and “rich generosity’ all fit together in one verse? Giving isn’t a luxury of the rich. It’s a privilege of the poor. I’ve discovered that impoverished Christians find no greater joy than in giving. [Page 31]
God’s Grace Gives Us a Heart to Give: As thunder follows lightning, giving follows grace When God’s grace touches you, you can’t help but respond with generous giving. [Pages 33-34]
God Blesses Those Who Help Others: “If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered” (Proverbs 21:13). In Isaiah 58:6-10, God says that His willingness to answer our prayers is directly affected by whether we are caring for the hungry, needy, and oppressed. Want to empower your prayer life? Give. [Page 32]
Freedom That Comes From Giving: Another benefit of giving is freedom. It’s a matter of basic physics. The greater the mass, the greater the hold that mass exerts. The more things we own—the greater their total mass the more they grip us, setting us in orbit around them. Finally, like a black hole, they suck us in.
Giving changes all that. It breaks us out of orbit around our possessions. We escape their gravity, entering a new orbit around our treasures in heaven. [Pages 32-33]
Taken from the “The Treasure Principle”, By Randy Acorn