I have always read if you want to be a millionaire, it starts by thinking and acting like a millionaire. If God gave you a million dollars today, what would you do with it? God cannot give you something in which you have not prepared for. It can be very tempting to say if I had a million dollars, of course I would give a lot a way to church, or other charitable organizations or community outreaches. However the absolute truth is that if we are not giving now, we likely won’t be givers then. Think about the following:
40% of church members say they overspend monthly and they also pay more than two thousand dollars a year in interest not including mortgage. Thirty three percent of Christians say it is impossible for them to get ahead in life because of the debt they have incurred. In 2007, 1.9 billion people worldwide have not heard the gospel message and the un-churched Americans are nearing 100 million. Only 20-25% of Americans attend weekly church services. More than 1 billions people live in poverty. The annual household income for us is $42,000 while 1.2 billion of the world survive on $1 a day. 800 million go to bed hungry every day. There would have been an additional 164 billion dollars available and more IF most church members had given at least ten percent of their income. Is it estimated that by next year, Americans will spend over 60 billion dollars on weight loss programs and 40 billion dollars on pets. The average amount of money given by a church member five years ago averages out of less than $14 a week, in which totals $670 for the year.
My message today is about generous living. It takes faith to be generous because it is not natural or normal and must be a learned experience. It is a process. The more we can give, the more we will have to give away. By example God teaches us to give, setting a standard for unconditional love and sacrificial giving. God’s desire is that you will learn the joy and fullness of life that comes from giving with all your heart. Generosity is more than a message; it is a critical part of God’s plan. When you embrace a life of generous living it enables you to grow more intimately in your relationship with Him. Generous is being kind, noble, bighearted, openhanded, giving, bountiful, unsparing and charitable.
Christians have the opportunity to give generously fro, the heart to touch others by both actions and example. Whether it is in times of prosperity or need, giving is an act that changes the world, transforms the heart and stands as a living testimony to the generosity Jesus modeled and taught. Generosity has the amazing power to unshackle you from materialism and fill your heart with contentment. Giving shifts your focus from, internal to external to eternal. Giving to others above and beyond blesses both the giver and the receiver. Christians who have freely given their time, money and themselves are the people who have changed eternity for themselves and countless others. Don’t wait for the perfect moment or the right mood cause timing is so important to bringing the Kingdom now. You can become wealthy if you know how to give. When you give something from your heart without expecting anything in return, you release a powerful force that will bounce back to you in amazing ways in which could be the form of a million dollars.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me for holding on those things, which are Yours. Help me to have a giving heart, to give and to give freely to enhance and bring your kingdom to earth. Help us all realize our treasure is eternal and what we do now will effect others if we refuse to live a generous life. I will give more. More of my time, money and all that I have I freely give without expecting anything in return. Jesus name, Amen.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, He GAVE…..(KJV)
Proverbs 11:25-28 A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. (NIV)
Luke 6:38 Give away your life; you will find life given back, given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting is the way… (The Message)
Luke 16:10 He who is faithful in the little things is faithful also in much…(KJV)