Overflowing with Generosity

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From the Series: Overflow

“You’re never more like God than when you’re giving.”

– Rick Warren

If you want to overflow with joy, start by overflowing with generosity and gratitude.

Paul wrote a couple of letters to the Corinthian believers and, in the second, he taught them extensively about living generously as he appealed to them to sacrificially give to take care of fellow Christians back in Jerusalem…

2 Corinthians 9:6-12 NIV

[6] Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. [7] 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. [8] 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.

[9] As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” [10] Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. [11] You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

[12] This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.

PRINCIPLES FOR OVERFLOWING WITH GENEROSITY…

1. God rewards generosity abundantly.

It’s the way he made the world. There is a law of sowing and reaping. And God has established his economy to run on generous principles.

Luke 6:38 NIV

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Luke 6:38 MSG

Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”

2. Giving is a part of stewardship.

Proverbs 3:9-10 NRSV

[9] Honor the LORD with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce; [10] then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.

  • Choose where your heart lies.
  • Intentionally manage what God provides you.
  • Determine to get the best, longest term return on your investment.

3. God provides both the seed and the harvest.

It’s important to realize that this is not about God’s willingness to reward us for what we’re willing to give to him out of OUR resources.

It’s a matter of worship and recognizing that God is the supplier of all that we have to begin with and all that we give in return.

4. Giving is a faith-based ministry.

In other words, you’re going to have to trust God to provide.

5. Generosity always leads to gratitude and praise.

And THAT’s our goal! We long to bring everyone into the white-hot enjoyment of God’s goodness and salvation!

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