Being a generous person
|Bibliography:||Simon Muhota, Africa Inland Church—Kijabe Mission, Kijabe, Kenya
The pastor at the church we are attending, Africa Inland Church—Kijabe Mission, shared this true story on Sunday:
There was a missionary long ago in Kenya who came and taught the people. Among other things, he taught them the principle of tithing, and that you should try to give 10% to God.
One day, a boy came to him with a fish and offered it to him. Aware that he had been teaching this boy the principle of tithing, he was also aware that they boy needed to eat, and was concerned for his health.
“Where are the other fish, my boy?” he asked.
The boy replied, “They are in the river, and I am going to go and catch them now!”
I love this story…this boy understood the principle behind giving. It’s not about 10%, it’s not about how you give or when you give, it’s not about whether or not people see you giving, it’s not about how much you give compared to others.
It’s about being a generous person—being the kind of person, on the inside, who has a generous heart and wants to give to others and God.
In my experience, giving is not primarily about precedents in the Bible, or even God’s promises that we reap what we sow…it is fundamentally a reflection of my view of God and how he operates.
Is he a generous God? Is he good, awesome, and loving? Is the relationship between God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit one of unselfish love and generosity?
My giving, then, is a reflection of the nature of God’s relationship with me and with his creation—unselfish generosity.
A useful litmus test for the ‘health’ of my picture of God and of my life with Him is my giving and how I feel about it. Am I holding tightly onto my money and possessions? Am I thinking constantly about how I am going to provide for the family, what my bank balance is? Or am I at peace, and delighted to look for opportunities to give to and serve others?