It’s Day 29 of the Habits of Grace Study! This is a good read as it invites us to really test where our treasure is. Generosity is one of the great evidences of truly being Christian and it’s not just about giving, but HOW we give. We give cheerfully (2 Cor. 9:7) because Christ our Lord demonstrated ultimate generosity in coming to buy us back (Mathis). Here are five truths that David Mathis gives in regards to spending and giving for others. Be Blessed! Be Revealed!
- Money Is a Tool – The problem is not about money, its about our hearts. Money is a tool that can be used for long-term godward goals, not just short-term selfish purposes.
- How We Use Money Reveals Our Hearts – Matthew 6:21 Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Hoarding money says that we fear not having sufficient funds at some point in the future. Giving it away also speaks. The greatest test of our treasure is not whether we’re willing to spend it, but whom and what we spend it on. What desire am I trying to fulfill? Is this for private comfort, or gospel advance, or expressing love to a friend or family member?
- Sacrifice Varies from Person to Person – How much is enough for “our needs?” Where is the line between righteous and unrighteous spending on ourselves? It’s no easy task to discern what’s too little or too much person to person, what’s more important is asking if we have ever sacrificed our needs in order to give to others? Nothing shows our hearts like sacrifice.
- Generosity Is a Means of Grace – Generosity is a means of grace for our souls, and that God stands ready to bless those who give from faith. It is the grace of God that frees a soul from selfishness and empowers not just generosity, but sacrifice. And such sacrifice God will not overlook.
- God Is The Most Cheerful Giver – We cannot out give God. Willingly, he gave his own Son, with joy. God loves a cheerful giver because He is one, and every gift we give is simply an echo of what we have already received.