I just love this quote from Gordon MacDonald:
"Generosity is the act of projecting out of myself everything that God has loaned to me for the benefit of others"
It’s simple, to the point and provoking (and worth pausing, thinking about and applying).
We have a couple of gift days coming up at King’s and I was reminded of the story in 1 Chronicles 29:1-9 where the people of Israel came together to give and enable the temple to be built. A few things stand out.
1. The task is huge (v1).
This was no small thing; and it’s no small thing that Jesus has set before us to; “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations…” Yes, we know it’s not all down to us, but we want to play our part in this global vision, to see the temple of God (the church) established in the nations.
2. The task is bigger than any one person (v6-8)
It's beyond any one persons ability, resources and lifetime. King David gave himself to the task in encouraging others to play their part (v1), but he died before the foundations were laid (v28 & 2 Chronicles 3). He had a next generation mentality. We all need to play our part no matter how small we might think that part is. Every person and every penny counts when it comes to giving.
3. They knew they were stewards not owners (v14).
They came into their giving with this in mind; all they had was God given and so with gratitude they gave generously.
4. They were happy to give (v9)
There was no arm twisting, or guilt tripping going on. They gave willingly, freely, wholeheartedly and with some serious celebration. God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7)
I’ll leave the last word to Gordon;
“Generous people are ‘all-in:’ they commit their skills, their spiritual gifts, their influence and their assets for the cause of Christ and His Kingdom.”
You can find out more about where we’re giving here
*Both quotes are taken from Bescrooged; imagining a life of generosity, By Gordon & Mark MacDonald