06.12.15 Insight Post

When Tom was sharing some of his story with us last weekend, I was inspired by his faith and generosity. I loved one of his statements—“We can’t out give God!” This verse about generosity came to mind.

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9

Generosity should be motivated by love and need. Paul, the author of the verse above, reminds us that Jesus died for our sins. In turn followers of Jesus should give of themselves out of love. Followers are to give so that all needs are met. Paul says that it’s a good thing for the church to give so that those who work full-time for the sake of equipping the church for ministry can be supported.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to give in order to receive more from God so that you contribute in blessing others. There is something unexplainable and spiritual about God blessing those who are generous. Giving ought to be done out of one’s free volition. We must remind ourselves that we don’t give to barter with God or to try to earn His favor. We give for God’s purposes—supporting the local church, giving aid to social causes, and supporting charitable organizations. We give so that others may hear the Gospel and begin to connect with Jesus.

One of the causes that we, as a church, are excited to partner with is Feed My Starving Children. In case you don’t know much about FMSC, check them out here. We believe that these meals are a way to share the Gospel and potentially have men, women, boys, and girls believe in Jesus.

Jeff Gyer

Associate Pastor

New Hope Church

jeff.geyer@newhope.org

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