Generous Giving, Generous Living

I grew up going to church. We went to Bible study every Wednesday night and to church TWICE on Sundays! And wherever there was a church service – there was an offering plate or bucket being passed. And the one thing I remember hearing almost every time…’you can’t out give God’. And in my lifetime I have certainly found that to be true!

That principle is not only true in what we would call our ‘treasure’. It is also true in our ‘time’ and ‘talent’. Whatever the gifts or talents we have been given, whether it is the ability to grow, to build, to make music, to write or bake….maybe its the gift of time…having coffee with a friend and listening while they unload some of their heavy heart…you cannot out give what God has poured into you and continues to every day.

2 Corinthians 9:8 tells us, “And God will generously provide all you need, then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” Being generous with what we do have opens the door for God to pour even more into our lives. And when we live a life of generous giving with our time, talents and treasure that is when we look the most like our Heavenly Father. It really is true…we cannot out give God. But what would our family, our church, our workplace and our community be like if we tried?!

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