How Generosity Changes the World…And You!

How Generosity Changes the World…And You! March 6, 2019

If we really understood how good things happen to those who are generous, we might all be a little more generous to others.

Blessed by Giving

God often uses others as a means to bless people, and so it is with believer’s who know enough to help when they see the need, but something more happens…sometimes later, or sometimes sooner…the person who gives is blessed. It may not be financial blessings but maybe a new relationship, a new opportunity, or some other blessing that comes unexpectedly. Solomon writes about this subject, saying that “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want” (Prov 11:24). The one who holds tight to what they have cannot receive back from God. Only open hands can give and only open hands can receive. This means that “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered” (Prov 11:25). Many I know are blessed by giving to others, but they don’t give just so they can get more. They understand that, “Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor” (Prov 22:9), and “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed” (Prov 19:17). When you see the generosity of others, you can see for yourself that “Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse” (Prov 28:27). You reap what you sow…but you also reap according to how much you sow.

Sinful Neglect

There is no excuse for the Christian to neglect his or her immediate family. Maybe that’s why the Apostle Paul wrote that “if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Tim 5:8). The Bible clearly teaches us to “look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Phil 2:4). If we ignore the needs of our brothers and sisters, it is just like neglecting Jesus Christ because they’re part of the Body of Christ. What affects them affects Him. The Apostle John wrote that “if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him” (1 John 3:17)? That’s a great question. Love is a verb. It’s what you do, and if we fail to do anything, especially if we have the means, then to us…it is sin. Jesus said that “when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind” (Luke 14:13), but don’t’ do it so you can get paid back later. Those who have little no nothing are probably not going to be able to pay us back, and besides, we don’t give in order to get. Jesus said if you give, just for the benefit of helping others, “you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just” (Luke 14:14).

Old Testament Poor

The Old Testament laws made provisions for the poor of the land. They were allowed to glean the corners of the fields for grain or any that might be left over after harvest (Lev 23:22), but it also says, “you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the LORD your God” (Let 19:10). These laws were not part of the Mosaic Law but part of the civil law of Israel. Just as there is today, there were poor in the land. Some became poor due to bad choices, but others from circumstances beyond their control. God knew that, and so He said, “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother” (Duet 15:7). God knew that there would always be poor in the land. The Scripture says as much: “For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land” (Deut 15:7). God wanted the Israelites, and I would imagine He wants us to remember where everything we have comes from. The Apostle Paul wrote, “What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it” (1 Cor 4:7), therefore, “You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day” (Deut 8:18).

Final Judgment

When a believer faces Jesus Christ for the final judgment, it won’t be for their sins, but with respect to what they did for Christ while here on earth. Jesus sees you helping others as doing it unto Him (Matt 25:40). Many will claim to know Jesus Christ on the Day of judgment, but those same many will be turned away (Matt 7:21-23), having either done their works to be seen by others, or having done nothing for Him at all (Matt 25:40). Either way, their fate is sealed if they do not repent and fully trust in Christ. Whatever we do here on earth, God “will render to each one according to his works” (Rom 2:6), and “to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life” (Rom 2:7), however, “for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury” (Rom 2:8).

Conclusion

Generosity is contagious. When you help someone, they might help someone too, and thus, it keeps paying it forward. Like ripples on a pond, our generosity extends beyond what we can even see, and like ripples, they return again to us in some other way. There is no doubt that God blesses those who bless others. When it comes down to it, Jesus says we must “give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Christian Crier or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • Matthew 22:37

    Thanks for pointing out these verses, Pastor.

    • pud

      Don’t leave out the classics! Gullible tool

      Sex slavery condoned: “When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again.”
      Exodus 21: 7-8

      • Matthew 22:37

        James 4 ►
        Berean Literal Bible
        Warning against Pride
        1From where come quarrels and from where conflicts among you? Is it not from there, out of your passions warring in your members? 2You desire and do not have. You kill and covet and are not able to obtain. You fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, that you may spend it in your pleasures.

        4Adulteresses!a Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility with God? Therefore whoever has chosen to be a friend of the world is appointed an enemy of God. 5Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit that He has made to dwell in us yearns with envy”? 6But He gives greater grace. Therefore it says:

        “God opposes the proud,
        but gives grace to the humble.”b

        Drawing Near to God
        7Therefore subject yourselves to God. But resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and have purified hearts, you double-minded. 9Be grieved and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning, and the joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.

        11Do not speak against one another, brothers. The one speaking against his brother or judging his brother speaks against the Law and judges the Law. But if you judge the Law, you are not a doer of the Law, but a judge. 12There is one Lawgiver and Judge, the One being able to save and to destroy. But who are you judging the neighbor?

        Do Not Boast of Tomorrow
        13Come now, those saying, “Today or tomorrow we will go into this city, and will spend a year there, and will trade, and will make a profit,” 14who know not what is on the next day. What is your life? It is just a vapor, appearing for a little while, and then vanishing.

        15Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord should will, both we will live and we will do this or that.” 16But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17Therefore to the one knowing to do good, and not doing, it is sin.

        a 4 See Hosea 3:1
        b 6 Proverbs 3:34

      • Matthew 22:37

        Lol…you’re not ruining my day today with your hypercritical spirit. God just performed a miracle in my life the other day and I intend to fully enjoy it from here going forward.

        So I will give God the glory publicly on this internet blog in spite of your bad attitude.

        God is still going to go on being God no matter how much you like to try to belittle Him into non-existence and some people know that well enough to acknowledge Him publicly and give Him the glory.

        You don’t control God and your character assasination attempts won’t stop me either.

        Give God The Glory
        https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nPUX748nIFQ

        • pud

          29,000 children died today. Nice that “god” cured your hangnail. This will be my very last reply to you. You are clearly and demonstrably insane, irrational and very messed up.

          • Matthew 22:37

            Good. Block me.

            You have let the devil rule your thoughtlife.

            So 29,000 people died today. People die every day but God intends to resurrect them.

            Maybe if people didn’t let so much sin prevail so many people wouldn’t have to die.

            Is God suppose to let evil sinners with impermanent bodies live forever without changing them first? Don’t people have to choose to submit to Him to be changed?

            He promises believers all new glorious bodies in 1 Cor. 15.

            How come you always ignore the big picture to paint negative pictures off of pettiness in your own mind?

          • Matthew 22:37

            I didn’t have a hang nail but you aren’t worthy of my testimony cf. Matthew 7:6

            Still I am letting the theists know that God came through with a miracle for me recently.

            It’s nice for us theists to know that God is still alive and in control of this world and able to perform a miracle any time He wills to do so.

          • Matthew 22:37

            In his book “Satan Wants Your Mind” Bruce Hartin writes:

            God intends that we should all enjoy a perpetually peaceful state of mind. In Isaiah 26.3 we read
            “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusteth in thee.”
            Here, perfect peace is promised by God. The way to acquire it is “to stay (or fix) our minds on Him.” Even in the midst of domestic turmoil, social upheaval, moral decline, or spiritual drought, we can still have peace. Just when we thought we had everything ‘nailed down’, most of society is disintegrating around us. In the midst of this confusion, many Christians are finding that they can enjoy perfect peace and tranquility – even when the waves of adversity crash in.

            It Is Well With My Soul. This song was written by a Christian after experiencing the extremely personal catastrophic loss of several of his minor children in a ship accident that sunk the ship in an oceanic crossing.

            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AHe_qmo3gX4

          • pud

            Let’s call it a day shall we? Clearly you’re psychotic. You need to be on anti psychotic meds. GL

          • Matthew 22:37

            Goodbye. I hope you see the light some day.

  • pud

    “When a believer faces Jesus Christ for the final judgment, it won’t be for their sins, but with respect to what they did for Christ while here on earth”

    Infantile nonsense as usual. The very notion that a timeless all powerful eternal deity exists and for eternity prior just sat around doing nothing until “he” got the idea to create a speck in space in order to have primates do shit for him is RIDICULOUS!

    The shit you peddle wouldn’t be swallowed by even an average intelligence child. Only willful lunatics and cons like yourself making a living selling snake oil could buy into this absurd rubbish. You have no shame janitor jack…none at all