We are not called to live generously with OUR finances, but to live generously with what God has entrusted to our care. All that we have it God's and Daniel Bunn reminds us of that as he challenges us to live with an open hand.
A Generous Life | Week 2
February 23, 2020 | Daniel Bunn
Deuteronomy 15:7-11 NIV
If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them. Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need. Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: “The seventh year, the year for canceling debts, is near,” so that you do not show ill will toward the needy among your fellow Israelites and give them nothing. They may then appeal to the Lord against you, and you will be found guilty of sin. Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.
Generous with our money.
Be generous with your money because the church needs money to operate.
Be generous with your money because generosity is actually good for you.
God does NOT want you to be generous with your money.
Implies that what we have is ours.
the land that the LORD your God is giving you...
Leviticus 25:23 NIV
The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you reside in my land as foreigners and strangers.
Psalm 24:1 NIV
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;
Everything is the LORD’S.
All human wealth depends ultimately on what God has entrusted to us in the immeasurable riches of the earth’s crust.
// Christopher Wright
Everything comes from God, everything belongs to God.
What is the amount that I can give that will be “enough”?
Why would we live our lives seeking the minimum amount that we can do?
Motivated by love.
What is the most I can do?