Weather Report From Heaven: Sunny and bright, with an abundance of light and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Scripture- “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”- Proverbs 11:25
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”- 2 Corinthians 9:6
Insight: The Bible talks a lot about money, in fact more than any other singular topic. Why is that? Because God knows it impacts almost every area of our life. Money can shape who we are as people and how others view us. It can define and reveal many things about us which can impact our family, our relationships ,our impact. It can reveal the motives of our heart. Money is as neutral as Switzerland and can be used for evil or for good. Money can complicate your life and enslave you or money can be used to find great freedom and can lead to tremendous happiness through generous giving.
So what is God’s number one admonition about money? If you had to sum it up, it is to be generous. Why does God want us to be generous? I believe for many reasons, but the biggest is because when we give, we mirror the very nature of God Himself, who gave us everything He had to offer in His Son Christ Jesus. That was the most precious gift God could give us, so He gave it all, and He wants His followers to be generous as well. There are certain laws in the Universe that seem to govern God’s belief system on money and generosity, as the Scriptures above allude to. God blesses those who are generous. Those who help others are themselves helped. If you sow sparingly, you reap sparingly. God doesn’t need our money, but He wants us to be good stewards of our time, talent and treasure. God doesn’t need anything from us, but He wants to do something for us, and being generous brings us freedom. When money becomes an idol, it can enslave us. When we give money away as generous stewards, we break the power of money to wreak havoc in our life and instead we turn on its multiplying effects for Kingdom purposes.
The world looks at money through a very faulty lens. It says if you have wealth, you have happiness and eliminate problems. Nothing could be further from the truth. I learned this lesson at a young age growing up in a family that had lots of material wealth, but no peace or happiness. Our family was riddled with jealousy and discord. Money was the main source of the fighting. Clinging to what can never give you what you expect from it is a cruel form of slavery. Being generous on the other hand sets you free from the idolatry of money and that freedom in turn brings much happiness. Be generous and you will not only change other people’s lives for the better, you will change yours as well.