This post was first published in the midst of a 6 week campaign where we were believing God for massive provision to see His vision for YWAM Newcastle and the city of Newcastle come to fruition. This specific blog post was written by one of our leadership team.
A man with $100 in his his pocket approached God and said to Him, “Watch me be more generous then you!”. He then took that $100 and found someone in need to give it to. Right as the man turned to carry on his way a person walked up to him and said “God wanted me to bless you with $200?. He smiled and looked up at the sky, “Nice try God”. But the needs around him were great and it didn’t take him long to find someone to give the $200. Though before the money had a chance to leave his hand his phone vibrated with an email from a friend wanting to give him $2000. Do you see where this is going?
Imagine really competing against God with our giving like in the story above. Taking an entire month and saying to God “I am going to be more generous then you!”. What do you think would happen? Do we honestly think we would win and therefore be left with nothing? Or would we end up with ten times the amount we started with? This is not some clever business plan. This is the character of God.
2 Corinthians 9
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written: They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
I too often treat generosity as something I can participate in when I am in a place of abundance. If God first blesses me, then will I bless others. But I don’t believe this is God’s heart for us. Our generosity should not be based on what we have coming into our bank accounts but given with a spirit of generosity and God’s leading. From there our God will never leave us nor forsake us. In fact He will bless us abundantly. As a full time volunteer I have been so challenged by this lately. I don’t receive a salary and don’t have lots of money in my bank account. Because of that fact I sometimes walk in greed and fear. If I were to be generous to others there would be nothing left. But I don’t want to be like that. I want to whole heartedly trust God. A trust that puts myself out there in a position where if God does not come through for me then I am helpless.
It may surprise you that I tithe. Maybe you even disagree with the fact that I often give away what was first given to me. But before you jump to a conclusion on this take a good look at how the kingdom of God works. What does the Bible really say about generosity and putting our trust in Him? Or does our model of generosity come from the kingdom of this world? Have we let our beliefs be shaped by a godless economic system that is actually failing?
That story at the beginning of this blog is not far from exactly what has happened to me in the past few weeks. God has put out the challenge to be more generous and He has won every time! Each time I have been obedient to Him with my giving He has returned what was given in abundance. One of the times I literally had decided in my heart on an amount to give and before I had the chance to let the money leave my hand I got an email with ten times the amount I had given! I can’t promise the same exact result but what I can say is that God will never leave you empty handed when you walk out in generosity.