There are a lot of things that don’t make sense about faith in God. I’m convinced the more I learn the more I have to learn.
Often Christians come under fire for beliefs that are different than the cultural norms. Typically those debates, arguments etc. happen over moral laws. There is a lot of debate on what morals Christians should hold to. There are some things that you can’t argue like “Thou Shalt Not Murder.” But there are other moral decisions that aren’t as easy to figure out.
This often leads Christians to fight amongst themselves because everyone has a different idea of what it looks like to live for God. For example, I was recently blasted by a stranger online because I watch the Walking Dead.
Those that are not a part of the Church will argue with Christians about morals until the end of time. Christians will argue with each other about morals until the end of time.
But being a Christian isn’t just about what you don’t do. So much of Christianity is supposed to represented in what you do. Specifically how you love God, and love your neighbor.
I’m convinced that the was we live our lives should radically separate us.
One of the many things that is radically different about a follower of Jesus is their mindset to giving. Stick with me on this one.
We are born with the selfish desire to claim what is ours.
No one had to teach my kids the word, “Mine.”
We are born selfish. So when a person gets into business it makes sense that they want to make as much money as they possibly can and keep it all. I believe most people have some generosity in them, but one thing that Christians should be known for is their radical generosity.
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:6-9
But that’s not just finances.
I think we should should apply, “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously” in all areas of our life.
The natural reaction is to collect. We want to keep what is ours. It doesn’t make sense to give things away and still have your needs met.
Case in point, based off common business practices, I should see other churches in my area as the competition. I should feel threatened by churches with more money, newer ideas, new churches, bigger churches etc. From day one as a church planter I’ve tried to promote other churches. Why?
Because “Whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”
It doesn’t make sense for a pastor to promote another church, but there is a lot about Christianity that doesn’t make sense.
When it comes to my words, my time, my money, and my resources I want to be known for living out of the blessing of generously giving.
The end of the above verse is crucial, “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
I know that God will provide for me to give abundantly to good works. Not being generous with time, words, resources, or money is literally believing that you have to hold on because God will not provide for what you need. What doesn’t make sense is to give away and then still have what you need. That’s crazy, and yet that’s what happens.
Generosity is a mindset and not a circumstance.
A few moons ago I was serving the homeless breakfast. We provided a grab and go bag filled with a fruit, a granola bar, and a muffin. Most of the homeless were very thankful. A few were upset. One even complained. I heard him saying over and over again, “I can’t believe they gave us an expletive muffin.”
The truth is whether you have a lot or a little you will sow based off your mindset and not your resources. If you are a generous person you will be grateful for the blessings you have. If you are not generous you will hoard what you are given. When your mindset is to hoard you complain when something doesn’t meet your preferences. When you are generous you are thankful for what you are given…even if it is a muffin.
Imagine a world where Christians were known for their radically generosity. Maybe we would have some moral ground to stand on if we were know for what we were doing and not just what we were trying to avoid?
What are some ways you can sow generously this week?