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Ingredients to Generosity

July 25/26, 2020

“I strive to be as generous in my life as the person who serves the fries at Five Guys.” –Jon Acuff

Jesus then took the loves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. (John 6:11)

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” (John 6:12)

Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself. (John 6:15)

Obedience

Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly… (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)

Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than receive.” (Acts 20:35)

Gratitude

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Contentment

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:11-13)

Selflessness

Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself. (John 6:15)

Generosity puts God in your debt:

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed. (Proverbs 19:17 ESV)

Generosity refreshes you:

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:25)

Scarcity Mindset:
Scarcity – the belief that there’s not enough to go around.