May 28, 2015

Generosity and Greed

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Generosity and Greed

Today, we are continuing with the series on “Simple but yet Challenging Christian Life” and we will be looking at our second topic which focuses on Generosity and Greed.

Scripture References:

Acts 20:35 ESV
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Luke 12:5 NLT
Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”

Message

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Today’s message is about Generosity and Greed.

Beloved, the first step to being generous is acknowledging the fact that everything is from God and He owns everything. Therefore, we as recipients of God’s blessing must extend it to others.

God in His own wisdom has blessed us in one way or the other. Some have more material resources (money/assets), some have time, and some just have a big heart and these are people we usually say are “naturally” generous. Others have unique talents and abilities that can benefit people. No matter the gift you have, be generous with that gift because God has blessed you with that gift to be a blessing to others.

Beloved, there is the need to be generous, by using our God-given ability to help those in need. Whether it is your time, money, and gifts or talents, you must make the conscious effort to think about those in need. You must take the time to listen to them and provide for them where the need may arise. Just as the Bible says in 1 John 3:17 (ESV), “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” God’s love is one that gives freely, a kind of love that readily offers help to those in need.

One key element of being generous is that “God is interested in your heart, not just your actions.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 (ESV) says that, “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” God indeed loves a heart that gives with the right mind and attitude.

Another interesting aspect of this message is Greed. Greed is found in many places in the Bible and the evidence is very clear. Beloved, greed is a sin and Heaven will have no room for those who make greed a lifestyle. God frowns against it!

The quest for money and other material things here on earth has made a lot of people greedy. It is the love of money, and not money itself, that is the problem. The love of money is a sinful because it gets in the way of worshipping God. Greed and unnecessary materialism have both led people in engaging in all kinds of acts: telling lies, engaging corrupt deals, leaking of very vital information, and even going to the extreme of killing others.

As believers, we must understand that it is God who gives us the power to make wealth. It is God’s desire to prosper us. It is not your hard work that produces the wealth God promised. God’s promise to give power to get wealth is something uncommon, it is something supernatural. It is something that works apart from your hard work. It is something that is not dependent on your hard work. It is of GOD!

Just as the Bible says in Luke 12:15 (NLT), …“Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” We must look beyond earthly riches. Our heart’s desire should be to store up riches in heaven and not here on earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.

As we pray daily, let us pray to God to give us a heart that is ready to say NO to this corrupt world because greed and a desire for riches are traps that bring ruin and destruction.

Today, it is my prayer that we will be generous in our dealings with one another and do away with greed. Let us extend God’s blessing in our lives to others!

God Bless You!

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