Mosaic, we are a generous people! That is something that we pray never changes about us, regardless of whether or not we are building-owners. Generosity is something we are called to as people of Jesus, and it means more than giving what you can spare. Generosity is the gift of a cheerful giver, the sacrifice of a heart that knows the goodness of Jesus.
What does it look like for us to be a generous people? It’s more than money; it’s time, emotional investment, talent, etc. We need generosity through every relationship in our church: friendships, marriages, and parenting.
If a person has a generosity problem, they have a gospel problem. God’s story commands generosity. He created and gave so abundantly to humanity. He emptied Himself in sending Jesus to save the world – to save us.
Luke 23:34: And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Colossians 1:16-17: For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Mark 10:19-22: You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’”And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
In Mark 10, the man to which Jesus speaks doesn’t understand that the value of Jesus is far greater than the value of his possessions. This is why generosity is so closely intertwined to the gospel; we must understand our gift in order to give freely in return.
2 Corinthians 9:7: Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Generosity requires sacrifice. It has nothing to do with the amount and everything to do with the heart.
Biblical references: Luke 23:34, Colossians 1:16-17, Mark 10:19-22, 2 Corinthians 9:7
- What is holding you back from freely giving all that you have freely been given? Ask God to bring to light any area in your own heart that doesn’t align with the heart of God.
- How is God calling you to give cheerfully of your time, resources, and finances?
- What does it look like for you to show generosity through your relationships including in the church, friendships, marriages, and parenting?