Part 2 – The World of the Generous
If wisdom is at the top of God’s list, we put it at the top of our list.
Wisdom is very different from knowledge – ‘Knowledge is knowing something – wisdom is knowing how to live it out’.
Today I want to speak about a reoccurring theme, one we cannot get away from in the Book of Proverbs:
The world of the generous
The word believe occurs 272 times in the Bible, pray 371, love 714, but the word give occurs 2161 times. This is because our God is a generous God. God gave His Son (John 3:16).
If God is generous, and we have His nature, then we also become generous. We give because being generous enlarges our possessions (Proverbs 11:24).
Scripture teaches that we ought to be generous for what it does for us and not what it does for them. Being generous is not just about money – it’s about giving ourselves away.
We give our lives away to impact the lives of others. It makes us better people. This is wisdom.
Winston Churchill said: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
We want you to embrace our vision-mission statement:
We exist to:
- Know God
- Find freedom
- Discover purpose
- Make a difference
When we make a difference in others, it makes our lives better, more focused, and gives our lives more meaning.
The Book of Proverbs says generous people are:
We are wired up by God to enjoy giving. Science tells us that when we are generous it releases chemicals into our brain that give a sensation of pleasure.
So instead of God forcing us to be generous, He makes it pleasurable so that we want to give of ourselves!
Proverbs 11:25 ‘The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.’
To prosper means we are pushed forward.
Generous people are in tuned with the needs of people. They think about injustice and find ways to make things right.
The ultimate injustice is those who have never heard the name of Jesus.
Proverbs 29:7 ‘The godly care about the rights of the poor; the wicked don’t care at all.’
Thank God for the Church worldwide.
Wherever the Church of Jesus Christ goes –
- The poor are fed
- Hospitals are built
- Children are clothed
- Schools are built
This should not be primary motivation to be generous, to give in order to get. We give because we love our God first, and because we love people.
Proverbs 28:27 ‘Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.’
God will make sure we will have plenty so we can keep on giving and making a difference in others.
One day the generous will stand before Jesus and hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
We do not serve in order to get to Heaven. We get to Heaven by believing in the finished sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary. But once saved we will be rewarded for our works done for Jesus, with the right motivation here on earth.
Revelations 22:12 “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds.’
We need to live a legacy life – living beyond our lives.
“What we do for ourselves usually dies with us. What we do for others, lives beyond us.”
This is a legacy life: to do something that far outlives any life.
Psalm 112:9 ‘They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honour.’
This is a legacy life. I want to stir every one of us to good works for Jesus!
2 Corinthians 8:7 ‘Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love for us —I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.’
God wants us to be “rich in every way so that we can be generous on every occasion…” (2 Corinthians 9:11).
I want you to keep this concept in mind.
“God what have you given me that I can give away?”
This is how we can live our lives as a legacy kind of a person.
Be generous with our:
For some people, time is more valuable and precious than money!
Everyone has received “charis” a spiritual gift – to use for God. Your gift is your divine enablement.
Imagine, you can text someone and say, “Thinking about you!” “Praying for you” “I got your back”
You gave someone a touch and it didn’t cost you a penny! It will make an eternal difference.
And you will be surprised at the replies, “It came at just the right time in my life.”:
There are 5 touches you can make:
- Speak up
Find a need and fill it. Find a hurt and heal it.
Do something that will cost you. This will make you a legacy person.
Take what you have, give that tithe to the Lord, and love offerings as the Lord prompts you.
Jesus said, you will receive abundantly more when you give (Luke 6:38).
Jesus’ words ought to be taken seriously.
My message can be encapsulated this way:
A little bit of wisdom #3:
“The value of life isn’t determined by how much I achieve or accumulate, but by how much of my life I give away.”
This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on June 23, 2019 at New Life Christian Church