30 Day Money Reset

Your one month challenge to develop healthy, biblical financial habits.

DAY 15

GENEROSITY

One of the greatest threats to our walk with God is the trap of materialism. We have to work at not being lured away from Him and spending our money on our own desires. Why? Because the more we have, the more we are blind to the needs of others.

God warned the Israelites that they would be tempted to forget Him when they experienced financial prosperity (Deuteronomy 8). The good news is, there is a proven way to combat the grip of materialism – regular, generous, sacrificial giving.

Giving is a material expression of our spiritual obedience to Christ.

Being generous is about more than just giving away money. It’s our way of acknowledging that God is the owner and provider of all we have. Crown’s founder, Larry Burkett, wisely said, “Most of what God gives you in life is not for you.”

That means your time, your skills and talents, your listening ear, and your money are all powerful tools that God is eager for you to give generously to others. Because generosity furthers the Kingdom.

Jesus said, It’s more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35)

He also said, Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Luke 6:38)

Giving requires an emotional sacrifice of forfeiting ownership. It propels us into a freedom and joy found in exercising faith by believing God will use our gift and supply our need.

Today's action item:

Try to give something of financial value, and of great enough value that it's sacrificial.  That may be $5, $25, or $100.  Pray for the Lord to reveal what He would have you give and be obedient and follow through.  Write it down in your Journal or 30 Day Snapshot.

Don't rob yourself or someone else of a blessing.

Evaluate your overall giving. Is this the first time you’ve given anything in a while? Does this feel like a muscle that has atrophied, or are you flexing something you regularly exercise?

If giving isn’t part of your budget and lifestyle, consider making sacrifices elsewhere so you can be generous.

I promise the sacrifice pales in comparison to the promise of His blessing.