BE INEXPLICABLY GENEROUS
As followers of Christ, our bottom line must be radically different from that of the world. The believers in Acts 4 did not consider material possessions as their bottom line, instead they were inexplicably generous because they considered their “cash” to be Christ’s. They wholeheartedly served Jesus as Lord, not money (Matthew 6:24). We too can transform into inexplicably generous Christians as we follow the C.A.S.H principle of giving.
The church described in Acts 4 had at least 10,000 members; and perhaps the congregation in Jerusalem reached as high as 20,000 at that time. Yet they were all “of one heart and soul” in giving generously to anyone among them who had a need. They voluntarily sold their lands and houses so that anyone in need was provided for. They did not consider anything they possessed as their own property but belonging to God, to be used for his purpose (Acts 4:32, 34).
Who is Jesus to you? If Christ is your Lord, then all you have belongs to him and you will choose to honor him with all that you have.
Instead of being Christ-centered, our tendency is to put ourselves at the center of everything. We expect the church and our family members to serve our needs or cater to our wants. We have to be transformed to become inexplicably generous people; in fact, God commands us to be transformed according to His will and not be conformed to the world’s values (Romans 12:2). If Christ is Lord of our lives, then our attitude must be one of serving God and others, especially those who belong to the family of Christ — the church (1 Timothy 3:13; Romans 12:10, 15; Galatians 6:10).
Part of serving the church is helping meet the practical needs of those around us who are outside of our biological family, economic status, ethnicity or culture (Acts 4:32-35). Christians ought to be the most generous people in the world because our faith is based on the overflowing, undeserved grace of God through Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 8:8-9). We are to be in a “giving mode”, not in a “getting mode (parasite)”. This means that each of us must work to the best of our ability not only to provide for our own families, but also to share with others who are in need (Ephesians 4:28; 2 Thessalonians 3:10, 13-15). We are not to depend on others to provide for us, even as we can also humbly accept help from others in our times of need.
True generosity is not a random act of giving. We must be systematic in meeting people’s needs.
(Acts 4:35). Let us give our first fruits to the Lord as He commanded. (Proverbs 3:9-10). When you discern with God, decide together on what you are to give and how to give it and create a system for it to make it automatic.
Be truthful or honest before the Lord and the church on your financial giving towards God’s work. Be accountable because what we have is not ours, it is God’s, and we are just stewards or managers. The Lord takes what we do with what He has entrusted to us seriously. As God’s beloved children, there will be consequences or disciplinary actions that we will experience when we become dishonest in our financial life (as well as all other areas of life) (Acts 5:1-11; Hebrews 12:5; 1 Corinthians 11:31-32).
Do not give so that you can appear generous, when in truth, you are not sharing all that God has blessed you with others in need. Do not give to gain recognition for yourself, but rather to give all the glory back to God who deserves it. He owns everything we have in our hands. If Jesus is our greatest treasure, then we will be willing to give away everything because in him, we already have all we could ever need or want! So be inexplicably generous, people of God! Let all that you have be Christ’s.
Will you take the 20/ 20 /20 challenge? As today is 02022020, as led by the Holy Spirit either:
Take 20 min of your time and spend it with someone that is lonely
Take 20 min to write a note or letter to someone you love to show your appreciation and affirmation to them.
Take 20 dollars and give it to a person in need and give God the glory
If you take the 20/ 20 /20 challenge, we would love to hear from you, so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or better yet, share your 20/20/20 story with your Dgroup and watch how the spirit of generosity spreads through the hearts of people around you. You can make a difference as you listen and obey God’s leading.
Share an insight from the discussion. How will you apply that insight in your life, especially in the area of giving generously?
Which among the C.A.S.H principles of inexplicable generosity needs to be strengthened in your life? What steps will you take to do so?
Is there any attitude or action that the Holy Spirit is convicting you of in the area of generous giving? (For accountability, you can share this to your Dgroup leader or accountability partner).
Will you take the 20/20/20 challenge and share it with your Dgroup?
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