“As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ”
(2 Cor 9:13, NLT)
In Luke 3: 12-14, we learn a very important lesson from John the Baptist. After listening to him preach, people were pricked in their hearts and wanted to know the areas they needed to adjust.
He told crowd: “The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.” To the tax collectors he said: “Don’t collect any more than you are required to.” He also told the soldiers: “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely– be content with your pay.”
Every lesson had to do with their giving attitude. One of the many areas wherein spiritual progress must be sought is generosity. The expenditure of the spiritually mature will reflect his attention to eternal hope.
See Paul’s admonition in 2 Cor 8:7: “But just as you excel in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us–see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”
In Ephesians 5: 3 Paul puts the sin of covetousness alongside fornication and uncleanness. It is that serious. He says it is not “fitting for the saints.” God is not indifferent about the way you handle your finances. It matters to him the way you spend your money. In Luke 21:1-4 Jesus watched as people put their gifts into the treasury, until he came across a widow who put two mites. He told his disciples: “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”
It matters to God what you give and how much is left after you give. This is not about the amount, the widow probably gave the littlest by human standards, but compared to what she had left, Jesus saw that her heart was in the right place.
DO THIS: Make a decision to be more intentional about your giving for the sake of the gospel.