14 Reasons to Be Generous
1. God gives back to us “pressed down, shaken together and running over.” According to Luke 6:38; “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.” This is a great recipe for those who are generous. Your well will never run dry!
2. Giving sets an example to those we give to. Blessed people often want to turn around and bless others. When we give, we may be the first in a long line of people who “pay it forward.”
3. Giving is an act of compassion. Psalm 72:13 says of King Solomon; “He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death.” Solomon is given as an example of how God’s royal people act. Similarly, Ephesians 4:32 tells us to “be kind and compassionate.” In many cases, giving is compassion in action. When we give, we demonstrate the compassion of Christ to people who may not know Him.
4. Giving is an act of faith. When we give in the name of the Lord, especially when our giving is sacrificial, we are trusting Him to meet our needs in other ways. We are believing Philippians 4:19, which says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” Giving stretches our faith! Even if we start small, we'll want to give more and more because giving blesses us in ways we didn't expect.
5. God is glorified when we give in His name. In Matthew 5:16, Jesus tells us; “…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” It is a joy to see God praised when a need is met in His name!
6. When you give, God may be answering someone’s prayer through you. It's not unusual for someone to say “I have been praying for this!” when receiving a gift. It's simply wonderful to be used to bless someone who has been asking God for something!
7. Giving blesses another person. Sometimes your giving provides more than a need and blesses someone with a want. Our Heavenly Father is good and desires to bless His children. Sometimes He will want to do that through you. There will be times when the tables turn and you're on the receiving end. That blesses the other person.
8. We honor God when we give in remembrance of how He has met our needs through the generosity of others. Matthew 7:12 “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” It's always important to humbly remember that all we have is from Him. Many times, what we have has come as a result of another person’s generosity to us, somewhere along the way. We are honoring God by treating others as we would want to be, and many times have been, treated.
9. Giving can increase another person’s faith. Testimonies given by people who have seen miraculous provision and blessing encourage us all to trust and wait on the Lord.
Even if you start small, you will see that in God’s
economy, generosity produces fruit.
11. For some of us, giving is one of our spiritual gifts. In Romans 12:6-8, we are told; “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift.…is giving, then give generously” In the Greek, the word “give” is the word haplotes, which means “sincerely, generously and without pretense or hypocrisy.” If you have the spiritual gift of giving, the body of Christ needs you to give. It is your job. Pray about this to see if your giving may be more key to the building of His Kingdom on earth than you may have previously realized.
12. Giving is rewarded by God. In Mark 9:41, Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.” Jesus puts this simply. Give and be rewarded.
13. Giving enables The Church to have an impact on the world. When we give to the work of the Lord, ministries and individuals have an opportunity to give to and help non-believers. When people’s needs are met in Jesus’ name, He becomes relevant and real, and people are more open to the Gospel. Recently the news has taken note that the churches around the country have been "First Responders," helping people before government agencies have been able to get to people in crisis. Praise the Lord! This is how it should be!
14. It's more blessed to give than receive. In Acts 20:35, Paul summarized that, when all is said and done, we are the ones that benefit from our giving; “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Give beyond your usual generosity and be blessed in new ways. If you have anything, you have more than many people have. Be Jesus to people and share!
Considering all of the profound benefits of giving, we all should be looking around enthusiastically for opportunities to give! May God open our eyes to the needs around us. Then wonderful things will happen, in this heavenly economy where everybody wins.