One of the reasons I love working for and with Pastor David is how he challenges me. Sometimes the challenges are direct, but many times the challenges are subtle and indirect. Many times the challenges are from watching him operate.
One of these areas of challenge is in generosity. Pastor David, by nature, is a very generous person. I’ve referred to him before as a “YES” person. It shines forth in his generosity as much as anywhere.
I’ve found myself saying (out loud and to myself), “You want to give what!?!” These moments have exposed my own heart – greed.
Read what Paul wrote to Timothy about greed and generosity,
Timothy 6:6-11; 17-19
6Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.
9But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
11But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.
17Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. 18Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. 19By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.
In his book, Enemies of the Heart, Andy Stanley states one of the emotions which ruins our spiritual heart is greed. Stanley prescribes the formula to overcome greed, and the formula is no different from what Paul says here.
We overcome greed through generosity.
If you are a greedy person, and by greedy I mean tight-fisted, stingy, frugal, selfish, penny-pinching or grasping, then you need March Kindness. You need to do intentionally kind and generous acts. You need God to do a work in your heart, and He will begin the work as you begin to give.
This week our challenge is to give something away. I’m talking to all of us greedy people (because the generous ones have already done it 3 times since Sunday). What are you going to give?
Personally, I gave to a friend who’s in need financially. If you need an idea, you can start with him. Let it be a springboard to generosity in your life.