LIVING A GENEROUS LIFE
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Living a Generous Life
A Village of 100
It has been said that if we could reduce the world to a global village of 100 people:
- 70 would be unable to read
- 1 would have a college education
- 50 would be suffering from malnutrition
- 80 would live in housing unfit for human habitation
- 6 would control half the money of the entire village[i]
When will we face up to the needs of others? When will we put our faith into action?
An exciting journey awaits us if we’re willing to open ourselves to a life of generosity and giving of our time, talents and treasure. One act of kindness—one simple, generous expression—can change someone’s life for eternity. A generous life is the best reflection of Jesus Christ to a world that doubts Him. It’s the Christian’s strongest form of evangelism.
Read 1 Timothy 6:17-19
- What would it take for you to follow Paul’s call to give and share?
Read Proverbs 19:17
- Why is being generous like lending to the Lord?
- What is the promise this Scripture makes?
- What does that promise mean to you?
The Right Attitude
Generosity leads to a wondrous life. Whether it is expressed in love, participating in deep friendship, looking for opportunities to serve and give, the seed for all these motivations involves some kind of generous life.
It’s an attitude. It’s well known that the optimist sees the glass as half-full and the pessimist sees the glass as half-empty. A person living a life of generosity sees a glass container that can be shared and the water as a gift.
Read Matthew 6:33
- What does Jesus ask us to seek first? When we do this how does it help us develop an attitude of a generous spirit?
Read Proverbs 22:22-23
- Why would the Lord “take up their case?” Does that help you see the importance of a generous lifestyle?
Generosity is like physical exercise. It’s not just good for you; it should become something that is indispensible. Our lives should be intertwined with a generous spirit but often, if it’s not embraced with commitment and “working out its muscles,” we don’t gain the strength we need to keep going. Left too long, generosity becomes like the atrophied muscle that’s been in a cast for six weeks—weak and frail. We fear trying it out.
The challenge is to make generosity a major part of our lives. The challenge is to get those generosity muscles strong and keep them strong.
Read Romans 12:9-13
- Paul gives a summary of the generous life. Commit his words to your own life and daily walk.
Read Proverbs 28:27
- What is the danger of closing our eyes to people’s needs? What is the promise of living a generous life?
[i] Dennis Merritt Jones, D.D., The Art of Being, New York, Penguin Group, 2004, 2008, 144.
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