“Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns. Don't hoard your goods; spread them around. Be a blessing to others.” Ecclesiastes 11:1-2a (MSG)
God wants you to use some of your money to help people in need. God didn’t put us on this earth to live for ourselves. He gives to us so that we can give to others.
This is all part of God making us more like himself. God is generous. Everything we have in life is because of God’s generosity. We wouldn’t have anything — we wouldn’t even be alive — if it weren’t for God’s generosity. And God wants us to be generous like he is.
Imagine if your father was a billionaire, and he wanted to share his fortune with you. But he knew you needed to be tested first to see if you would be able to handle it.
So he gives you a set amount of money and says, “I want you to learn to live on less so you can use the rest to help others. I’m going to be watching you to see how you manage and distribute my resources. If you do well, I'm going to will it all to you.”
How would you use that money?
God particularly wants us to be generous with the poor. All throughout the Bible, God tells us he is watching how we help the poor, and he attaches tremendous promises if we do so. For example:
“Give to the poor, and you will never be in need. If you close your eyes to the poor, many will curse you.” (Proverbs 28:27 TEV)
“When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the Lord, and the Lord will pay you back.” (Proverbs 19:17 TEV)
The more we help others, the more God blesses us. He gives to us so we can give to others.
Why? God wants you to be like him! God is a Giver!
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Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors. © Copyright 2011 Rick Warren.