The Joy of Generosity: Ten Reasons Christians Should Love to Give

February 19, 2014 — 3 Comments

I can’t even fathom the impact the church could have on the world if every Christian discovered the joy of generosity.

Seriously, take a minute to think about it.

Joy of Generosityphoto credit: Scott Johns

Imagine what Christian outreach might look like if the church wasn’t constrained by a lack of financial resources.

Here’s a fact:

But those dollars are useless unless you discover the joy of generosity.

Culture gives you a thousand and one reasons not to give.

Well here are ten powerful reasons why I think Christians should love to give.

  1. Giving shows God that He is first in your life.

    God is a jealous God. He wants to be first, even before our love of money.

  2. Giving allows you to have an eternal impact regardless of your talents or income level.

    You may not be able to preach a sermon, play an instrument, or lead a choir in worship, but it takes nothing more than a commitment to give.

  3. Giving reminds you that God is the source of provision, not your own capabilities.

    There is no provision without God.

    You and I were born greedy. We need to remind ourselves often that God owns it all.

  4. Giving helps you document God’s blessings in your life.

    As you grow in your generosity and faithfulness, God uses you to accomplish even greater Kingdom work.

  5. Giving prepares you for future (and bigger) ministry opportunities.

    How can God entrust you with greater responsibilities if you struggle to do what He’s already so plainly told you to do?

  6. Giving helps you become a better money manager of the rest.

    In order to give cheerfully, you need to have your financial house in order.

    For me, I started doing a budget the same month that I started tithing.

    Both are key reasons I’m no longer in bondage to debt.

  7. Giving trains you to obey God’s instructions more immediately.

    Each time you get paid, make it a practice to give first.

    Immediate obedience.

    It makes taking other faith steps (even big ones) that much easier.

  8. Giving provides supernatural protection over your finances.

    When you give, God truly does “rebuke the devourer” (Malachi 3:11).

    That doesn’t mean life will be without struggles. But it does mean you can bury worry once and for all.

  9. Giving allows you to invest in something much bigger than you that will last much longer than you.

    Jeremiah 29:11 says this:

    “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

    You will never see all the plans that God has in store with your generosity…at least not in this lifetime.

    I’m 100% convinced that many of the blessings from the seeds you sow today won’t be realized until you make it to eternity.

  10. Because you serve a God who truly can’t be out-given.

    God has already given you the greatest gift of all–His son, Jesus Christ.

    But it doesn’t just stop there.

    He wants to continue to bless you.

I want to challenge you with a quote that I found from author, Stephen King:

“So, I ask you to begin giving, and to continue as you began. I think you’ll find in the end that you got far more than you ever had, and did more good than you ever dreamed.”

You have the opportunity each day to make an eternal difference.

The choice is up to you.

QUESTIONS: What would you add to the list above? Why do you think Christians should love to give?

  • Charles Johnston

    Great list in your post Larry “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” – when we give we reap in return many fold what we gave. We work hard to make money yet we need to make sure the money does not become another god. As far as adding to the list you nailed it down pretty well as it stands.

    • Larry Poole

      Charles, Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I always enjoy when you drop by.

      Man, you’ve been hustling lately. You’ve been putting out a lot of great (and new) content.

      Keep up the great work.

  • Dan Black

    Great post Larry! It honors God and shows we are steward of what he has given us.