‘‘I tell you, use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends for eternity.
‘‘In this way, your generosity stores up a reward for you in heaven ... but if you are unfaithful with your worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?
‘‘You cannot serve both God and money.’’ (Luke 16: 9-14 NLT)
It’s easy to give your time, energy or money when you have a lot to spare.
But the true test of generosity comes when you don’t have a surplus.
Do you still give what little you have to help somebody else?
If you do, congratulations! You’ve passed God’s test of generosity.
Why does God test your generosity?
Because you were made in his image, so if you are going to become like Jesus, you need to learn how to be generous.
If you don’t, you’ll never grow to maturity, and you will never have the blessing of God on your life.
What if you are in a recession and things aren’t going well, you’re out of work or you’re out of money and you feel like you have no more time or energy to give?
How can you be generous when you’re stretched thin?
A good example for us is in 2 Corinthians 8.
Paul says this about the churches in Macedonia: ‘‘Though they have been going through much trouble and hard times, they have mixed their wonderful joy with their deep poverty, and the result has been an overflow of giving to others’’ (2 Corinthians 8:2 LB).
Joy and generosity always go together.
~ Contributed by Captain Sandra Edge of the Deniliquin Salvation Army, on behalf of the Combined Churches of Deniliquin.