I learned a lot of things from the church. Good things… life lessons. One of the hardest and yet most important was this, “generosity has nothing to do with your financial position. It has everything to do with your heart condition.” Rich people aren’t naturally generous. Poor people aren’t naturally less than generous. Generous people are generous.
My heart condition has always been to worry that I won’t have enough. I need to take care of me and mine and if there’s anything left maybe I can give some. This reflects a heart condition that lacks trust in God and his ability to provide.
Over the years, I’ve either had a change of heart or been given a heart transplant. Through OUR Church I’ve come to embrace and enjoy generosity. I’ve learned that what God can do through me is not limited to what I can provide… it’s only limited by what I’m willing to give. God makes a clear promise in 2 Corinthians 9:10-15 that we will be enriched in every way so that we can be generous in every way. I read that to say as I give of my time and talent and treasure God will enrich me in time, talent, and treasure… so that… I can give more.
Generosity isn’t meant to be hoarded; it’s meant to be given. God’s generosity should spill out to those around us. Not for our glory but for his. We never have to worry about having enough because God’s provision never runs out.
What God can do through us is not limited to what we can provide. It is exponential and unfathomable when we live in obedience, expecting His provision and sharing generously the gospel of Christ and what He has and continues to give us.
How can we battle against the lie that what God can do through us is limited to what we can provide?
Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. – 2 Corinthians 9:13
Create in me a new heart, O God. Fill my new heart to overflowing that it may spill out on those around me. Give me faith and trust in your provision. And may that faith and trust be shown by my willingness to give of myself and my finances.