Wealth With Purpose

We talk about generosity regularly, but are we really generous?

Many Churches acknowledge they have a ‘generosity’ problem, but can’t “put their finger on” why. Whilst there are a myriad of reasons for this, I believe that one of the core problems is that your members probably don’t know what true generosity looks like. We’ve forgotten what it means to be generous. So lets look at the early Church for some inspiration:

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common.  They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,  praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)

These short verses explore many issues, but I want to focus one or two core elements.   Notice they sold property & possessions – these days when people think of giving, they tend to think of giving a portion of their income. Wouldn’t it be nice if our members living in big houses where the kids have left home, downsized and considered how they could use that money for the kingdom? Or gave away their cars to a single mother? I know an amazing single mother of six, who despite limited financial means gave away four cars over a couple of years. Yes, four cars!

The people of the early Church, like today, were all of varying means, some had a little and some had a lot, but together they had all that they needed. We need to get back to this model, where everyone in our Church is properly taken care of, and where we can reach out and extend that help and grace to those in our communities. I believe generosity is one of the missing pillars for the next big revival.   We want God to bring revival to our nations, yet when it comes to funding it, we withhold.   Christians need to not only be on their knees, but opening their wallets, and then we will see God do amazing things! If our hearts aren’t right with money, then our hearts aren’t right at all.

 

Reflection

Do your members know what true generosity looks like? What stories can you think of, that inspire generosity? What can you do to encourage your members to be generous to each other, to your Church and to your local community? 

Call to Action

Write down a list of stories from amongst your members that will inspire true generosity. Arrange for people to share stories and testimonials during your Church service and celebrate what it means to be extravagantly generous!

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