We live in a world that celebrates “more.” More money, bigger houses, newer cars, trendier clothing. A person’s status is often measured by how well they can keep up with the latest and greatest trends around them. It’s not unheard of for people to steer themselves into debt in the name of better, more impressive material possessions.
Unsurprisingly, this kind of lifestyle is something the Bible frequently warns against. Luke 12:15, for example, tells us to “guard against every kind of greed” and reminds us that “Life is not measured by how much you own.” Matthew 6:21 puts it another way: “Where your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” The things we spend our money on or the times we pass up an opportunity to be generous can be very telling about the condition of our hearts and our relationship with Jesus.
The early Church in Acts demonstrated radical generosity in how they gave to others. We read that they “shared everything they had,” “sold their property and possessions,” and “shared the money with those in need.” There was no sense of obligation, no feeling that they had to give like this. They wanted to, and were glad to!
Remember Jesus’ words in Acts 20:35: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Instead of holding on to your money or possessions with a tight fist, ask God how he might be able to use you to bless someone else with your generosity. As you allow him to challenge you in this way, you might be surprised how your heart and perspective begin to change!