Be Generous

We started our journey towards debt freedom by having a solid Foundation. We looked at

Matthew 7:24-27: The Wise and Foolish Builders: 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

We said our Foundation was God. He is our rock. Now we are ending with James 1:17a:

 Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift is from the Father.

God has been faithful in supplying our needs, not all our wants and desires, but our needs. We have learned how to get out-of-debt, how to have an emergency fund, how to have the best retirement, etc. All this by staying true to God. By following His principles, as they are laid out for us in His Holy Word.

Now, we have reached a point where we don’t have to worry about debt. A point where we can cover our bills comfortably. But more importantly, we are at the point where God wants us to give. He does not want us to hoard His money from His people. Look at Proverbs 11:24-25:

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.

And at Luke 6:38:

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Then at Acts 20:35:

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.’”

God is commanding us to give. Don’t hoard money. It does not belong to you anyway. Find ways to help those less fortunate than you.

Finally, let us close with Luke 12:13-21, The Parable of the Rich Fool:

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

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