What the Bible says about Generosity

I read a wonderful story about generosity: Two young local children divide their pocket money across three jars each week—one for saving, one for spending and the other for giving.

They decided to donate their giving jar to a local street outreach charity this past Easter so that their patrons could enjoy some Easter eggs.

The charity shared about how much joy their generosity would bring to those in need, which put big smiles on the two children’s faces…

One of the best ways to encourage generosity in others is to model it ourselves. God blesses our giving. It is an act of love and service toward the Lord. And it blesses Him.

Proverbs 11:25 says, ”A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” And Hebrews 13:16 reminds us, to do good and share with others,for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Jesus said, It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35), and that whatever we do for one of the least of our brothers and sisters we do unto Him (Matthew 25:40).

Money is only one resource God has given us to steward well and bless others. We can also give generously of our time, talents and other treasures to meet others’ needs. There are many ways we can give, but it’s our heart and attitude behind our giving that’s most important, as 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 reminds us.

God generously showed His love towards us by giving His only begotten Son. It is because He loves us… that He gave.

Just as we have freely received from God, we should freely give to others (Matthew 10:8).

Yours in His Service,

Gwenda Jayawardhana

Founding Member, Compass Australia

PS… If you would like to learn more about God’s perspective of managing money and possessions, check out our Give, Save & Spend financial discipleship study.

AUTHOR BIO Before being called into ministry, Gwenda was a CPA and worked as a management accountant for an engineering company for three years. In 2017, She graduated with a Master of Divinity from Malyon Theological College in Brisbane, Australia, and served as a chaplain at residential aged care community Carinity Clifford House for two years. Gwenda has served on the ministry since 2015 and is a member of the Compass Australia board and an associate pastor for Connect Groups and Teaching at North-East Baptist Church in Nundah, Australia. Gwenda and her husband, Prasantha (PJ), who serves as board chairman for Compass Australia, have three children, Taruna, Rasika and Prashan. 

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