Jesus called us to live generously

Posted Nov 6, 2019

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Daily Scripture

Luke 12:33-34, 48

33 Sell your possessions and give to those in need. Make for yourselves wallets that don’t wear out—a treasure in heaven that never runs out. No thief comes near there, and no moth destroys. 34 Where your treasure is, there your heart will be too.

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48 Much will be demanded from everyone who has been given much, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be asked.

Acts 20:35

35 In everything I have shown you that, by working hard, we must help the weak. In this way we remember the Lord Jesus’ words: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Reflection Questions

Our culture often acts as though “mine” is one of the most priceless English words. Jesus always challenged that all-too-human possessiveness. When we loosen our grasp, he said, we can live lighter lives free of worry and stress. Investing our treasure, time and talent in God’s mission to uplift and redeem the whole world is, according to Jesus, the one truly safe investment we can make.

  • In verse 34, Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” True security and satisfaction, he taught, came from seeking God first, not from externals like food, clothing, or material possessions. How does Jesus’ teaching challenge the ways you’ve learned to think and act about the level of security and satisfaction “stuff” can bring you?
  • The principle in Acts 20:35, the only direct quote from Jesus not in any of the four gospels, is more often honored in words than in actions. We usually hear messages more like, “When I have received enough, then maybe I can start to [cautiously] give.” How easy or hard is it for you to be generous with the money, time or possessions you have? What wishes or fears get in the way of generosity?

Prayer

Lord Jesus, when I stop to realize who you are, I realize that your whole earthly life was an act of massive generosity. Let that awareness inspire me to greater generosity in my life. Amen.

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Wendy Connelly

Wendy Connelly

Wendy Connelly, M.Div., is a podcaster (MoJoForMoms.com), motivational speaker and online entrepreneur whose ministry is to help women and moms become more confident, mentally-fit and joyful versions of themselves. She loves coaching clients, teaching classes and webinars about psychology and spirituality, and experiencing new adventures with her husband, Mark, and their two kids.

What is generosity? Does it consist only of our decisions around money and material objects, or is there a higher spiritual principle at play?

I think the way we give of our time, money, talent and how we treat others—a “generosity of spirit”—is reflective of our spiritual awareness. When Christ awakens the soul, he teaches us to love our neighbor as ourselves. Jesus tells us, in essence, that another’s highest good is also our own. We rise, and fall, together. There is no competition, scarcity or win/lose in the kin-dom of God. Only at-one-ment.

 The generous soul recognizes our common connection in Spirit, and in the act of giving, affirms it. 

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