5 Ways You Can Become More Generous

by Jason on October 5, 2010

Generosity should be one of the leading marks of any Christian.

Yet, so many of us are tight-fisted when it comes to our finances.

Why is that?

Part of the reason, in my opinion, is that money is our idol!

If we were really honest with ourselves, we’d admit that we love it.  We live for it, we sacrifice our families for it, and one of the last things we want to do is give it away.

But, if you’re a Christian, this should not be the case.

Jesus said it best, “It is better to give than receive”.  The Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 8:1-7 that we are to excel in the act of grace giving.

So how can we cultivate a more generous heart?

1. Develop a Deeper Love for the Gospel

In that same 2 Corinthians passage, in verse 9, Paul gives us the reason we are to excel in our generosity:

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

Jesus came and lived the perfect life we never could and died the death that we should have in order that we could have a restored relationship with God.

Jesus gave up everything so that you could be rich – salvation and all its benefits.

Becoming a more generous person starts with the Gospel.

2. Understand What Scripture Has to Say About Generosity

Did you know there are over 2,100 verses that talk about God’s heart for the poor, marginalized and needy?  We too should have open hearts and open hands for those in need.

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.’  Deuteronomy 15:11

Open wide our hands means we give freely, willfully and generously.

3. Trust God That You’re Building Up Treasure in Heaven

In Luke 12:33, Jesus says,

Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.

I explained treasure in heaven here.  When you give, you are building greater wealth than you can imagine.

4. Get Rid of Your Debt

One of the things that keeps many of us from becoming more generous is the fact that we are so saddled with debt!

Spend less than you earn and get on the path to debt freedom!

Here are some money-saving tips to help you.

5. Take a Tour of  the Worst Parts of Your Area

Why would I ever suggest this?  Because we need to let our hearts get pricked to the real need that is out there.

Here’s the reality:  Most of us are so disconnected from the poor and needy that we never personalize this issue.

Sure, we may pass a homeless person as we walk to our office, but the majority of us do not see poverty at its worst on a regular basis!  I know I don’t.

Go drive through the roughest parts of your area and take note of what you see.

If you’re really daring, get out and interview some folks.  Ask them what life is like and what their greatest needs are.  You’ll be surprised at what you hear.

Readers, What Are Your Thoughts?

  • What do you think of this list?
  • Do you think driving through the worst areas and interviewing folks in need will help you become more generous?
  • What are other ways we can be more generous?

Looking for an opportunity to give?  Try the 10-Day Give Challenge!

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