I’ve heard people say, “If I had more I would give more.” I think in my younger days I probably felt the same way. People that have a lot should give a lot.
This seems reasonable. We all see ourselves as generally good and generous people. Surely, if we had more we would give more. We purpose that the reason we do not give more is because we don’t have much. If we were rich…well then…
This sounds nice but it isn’t true.
If you don’t give when you have little then you surely won’t give when you have much. When you have more you are not more inclined to be generous, you are typically more inclined to spend more on yourself.
Jesus took His disciples aside to show them a very un-extravagant gift. In Mark Chapter 12 He shows them a woman who was the poorest of the poor. She had almost nothing to give, but she gave all she had. The pastor from the pulpit would not recognize her gift. Her name would not be put on a plaque and hung up in the church. No one would congratulate her for what she had done.
…But Jesus noticed her.
Jesus stopped to teach His disciples about giving by using her example. She gave the equivalent of a penny, but she gave all she had. Her gift was given out of love and was an example of her faith. By giving the little she had it would leave her nothing to live on. She was a widow so she had no husband to take care of her needs. What she gave, she gave in faith, believing God could take care of her.
If you’re waiting to reach some standard of living before you become a generous person then you will never become generous. If you give when you have little then God can trust you with more.
I will never forget something Pastor Rick Warren said. I am paraphrasing, but he was asked why he believed God used him and not some other pastor to write the best selling book, “The Purpose Driven Life”? Rick Warren’s response was, “because God could trust me with the money.” Based on the sales of the book Rick paid back all the salary he had ever taken from the church he pastors. He has also become a reverse tither, giving 90% of his income and living off of 10%.
I have been asking myself if God wanted to bless me with a huge financial gift, “could He trust me with the money?”
Could he trust you?
The best way to become a generous person is to take a step of faith and start giving.