5 Reasons Why Generosity is Better than Greed.

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1. Generous people often give more than they are asked to give.

In Exodus 36:1-7, we see God’s people bringing more than enough to meet the need — to the point that Moses must tell them to stop!

We don’t see too many campaigns today where givers are asked to stop giving! But when it does happen, it’s a special moment.

Giving to a cause that makes you reach for your very best gift can bring some of the greatest fulfillment you’ll ever know!

Often, over-funding a project can create a broader impact. The project can accomplish more than it was originally designed to accomplish.

 

I worked on a project several years ago in response to the tsunami in Indonesia. People’s response was so great that we were able to establish long-term community development in that region of the world. Long after the disaster relief, we were still there, helping the people most affected.

2. Generous people give in response to a great cause.

In 2 Corinthians 8-9, we see the Corinthian church giving faithfully to help a community of people whom they have never met!

I’ve sponsored a child with a great organization, Food for the Hungry, for many years. I’ve never met this child. I’ve seen his picture, I’ve heard about his education and health care, but I’ve never met him.

One of the most fulfilling things I do every month is read the reports about his progress, his spiritual growth. I will probably never meet him. But I believe so much in the cause championed by this organization, I can trust them to help this child through my giving.

3. Generous people give out of their substance, whether large or small.

In Luke 21:1-4, Jesus compares the widow’s mite to the rich man’s gifts — demonstrating that the gifts of all are needed and used in God’s economy.

This is a well-known story — you’ve probably heard or read it many times — yet it never gets old to me. In my world of generous giving efforts, and even the big project I’m working on right now, the most powerful moments are when I hear stories of sacrifice, whether big or small, in people’s giving.

I’ve seen young children give of their allowance. I’ve seen people of means reach for the largest gift they’ve ever given to take a stand for the Bible.

In each and every case, it’s the sacrifice that counts.

Among many major givers these days, there isn’t actually much sacrifice involved in their giving. In spite of the volume of their contributions, their giving is small, relative to their total capacity. When you come across that person who sets something else aside in order to help accomplish a key task or vision — that is a special gift!

4. Generous people give more than just their money.

In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus tells the classic story of the Good Samaritan — one who gave time, resources, and skill to meet the need of a man who had been left for dead at the side of the road. The Samaritan makes himself vulnerable and available — the very definition of hospitality.

Generosity and hospitality are often closely linked.

In today’s culture, I see more and more that generous givers want to give of more than just their financial resources. This is especially true of younger givers. They want to get their feet on the ground with the causes they’re supporting.

Volunteering with an organization you’re passionate about is a great way to find a deeper connection to the cause. And sometimes — as in the story of the Good Samaritan — the opportunity is right there in front of you, without your having to search for it.

Jump in with whatever you should give — money, time, skills — and see what God will do both in you and through you.

5. Generous people give even when it doesn’t make sense.

In Genesis 45, we find Joseph responding graciously and generously to his family, even when logic would tell him not to.

Sometimes giving to a project or cause makes no sense to anyone but you! Like Joseph, you may have been mistreated or harmed in some way, by a church or a cause. You still believe in the mission of the organization, but there are hard feelings.

This kind of situation is a real test for me — a “grace check.” It gets at the very heart of my commitment to being a generous person.

Moving beyond our humanity is the hardest thing to overcome. Setting aside differences in order to help do the right thing with your generosity is an act of real maturity, true Christ-likeness.

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