Malachi 3:10, II Corinthians 9:6
The passage from Malachi is often used to talk about stewardship of money, but is really about much more: our tithe of resources, gifts, all the products of our lives. We are called to tithe the whole of our lives, not just money.
If you live produces fruit that brings glory to God, you’ll desire to give it back to Him. God doesn’t promise us material riches, but even better, He promises us spiritual riches as we give generously of ourselves and our gifts.
The only way was can accomplish what He has called us to do is to commit ourselves to live intentionally and give all of ourselves to Him.
Shane highlighted three things from the II Corinthians passage about generosity.
- It begins with an individual decision expressed in community. We have been given enough by God to do what He calls. We must make in individual commitment to dedicate their gifts to Him. He has planted gold in us; but many of us only give back copper in return.
- We must decide to give from the passion of our hearts. Weigh the decision carefully, as it must come from our core values. God wants to embrace and engage these gifts in our life, to engage them passionately as we share them. Giving away our gifts does not deplete them; God will replenish them with gifts of even greater value. Let our faith be as a glass overflowing, trusting and believing that He will come through as He promises.
- A generous life requires resolve. There will be ups and downs and we will be tested. It’s not easy, but we are not built to do it alone. We must lift up one another faithfully with resolve, not just for us, but for others.
A life of generosity becomes a gift in its own season and in all that follow. As God sent Jesus to us without hesitation, don’t hesitate to commit your gifts.