God is more concerned about what we are than what we can do. He is actively at work in our lives and His purpose is to change us from the inside out. In Galatians chapter five He lists the fruit that He is working to produce in each one of our lives.
One of those important qualities on that list is goodness. The actual Greek word has a wide range of meaning, but F.F. Bruce suggests that in its context in Galatians, it most likely means “generosity.”
Generosity is “realizing that all I have belongs to God and using it for His purposes.”
We have a tendency to think that as long as we tithe, we can choose how to spend the remaining 90% however we please. But as stewards, we are responsible for all that God entrusts into our care.
Joseph was a steward in Potiphar’s house. He was in charge of everything but he owned nothing. God wants us to have that same attitude toward our finances.
Our generosity and willingness to give to meet the needs of other Christians is a reflection of our true spirituality.
Not long after my father accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior, he became very interested in missionary work. He was informed of a specific need for £5.00. And although he couldn't meet that need himself (for in those days after the war, £5.00 was more than a week's wages), he prayed that the Lord would provide. After he prayed, he heard my grandmother — who wasn't a Christian at that time — come up the stairs, past his door and into her room. A short time later, he heard her come out and stop at his door. Then she came in and said, "Here, I'm sure you can use that," and put a large white £5.00 note into his hand.
God use the abundance of one Christian to meet the needs of another.
When was the last time that God prompted you to give to the needs of another Christian? Did you obey God's prompting?
But generosity involves much more than just money. We are to be generous with our praise, our time, and our forgiveness. And God has promised, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38).
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