Stunning Generosity

Topic Stewardship

Stunning Generosity

Illustrated by John-Mark Warkentin

Stunning is a word for sunsets, beautiful women, and works of art. It’s not an everyday word. It’s more than that. It’s the kind of beauty that arrests your attention and pulls you towards it. The kind that slows time down and makes you forget everything else.

Generosity is the language of a surprising gift. It’s more than you expect. A gift that goes above and beyond. One that wows you.

Could the words Stunning Generosity actually come together in our lives? Could we be givers of beautiful and surprising gifts? Could we go above and beyond, exceeding the ordinary and expected? I believe God has made you to center your life on God and giving for these 10 reasons:

10 Benefits of Giving

1. Giving leads to joy and I want you to be really, really joyful.

2. Generosity paves the way for good relationships and I want you to have deep and meaningful connections with people.

3. Giving is about making a contribution and I want you to live a fruitful life.

4. Giving breaks the power wealth can have over us and I want you to be free from the lies and love of money.

5. Giving helps us choose God over money and I want you to love God more than anything.

6. Giving is his command and I want you to learn to obey God as a good father.

7. Giving shifts our focus to our true home and I want you to live for what’s going to last forever.

8. Giving is how we store up treasure where it will never be destroyed and I want you to have true and lasting riches.

9. Generosity opens the door to partnership with those who preach and teach God’s word and I want you to have the privilege of partnering to help others know Jesus.

10. Generosity is God’s true character and I want you to stun the world by showing them what God is really like.

What If?

What if we got this? What would it look like if we began to live lives of stunning generosity?

There would be a new generation of Gospel Patrons rising up – men and women, who would not ask “How much do I have to give?” but would instead ask “What will it take to get the job done?”

Pastors and ministry leaders would set the pace as willing and joyful givers and their churches would overflow in a wealth of generosity. They would give beyond their means, even begging to meet needs and spread the good news of Jesus to the ends of the earth.

People from every tribe and every nation would praise God for those who had given so much to help them hear God’s voice in their language.

We, who had been given much, would excel in the grace of giving. We’d be faithful with much and brimming with joy for the opportunity to use our gifts for God’s glory.

We The People

We are the people of God. When we look to God we see that his stunning generosity sets the tone. God did not spare his own son but gave him up for us all (Romans 8:32). God had no higher gift to give than his son. There’s nothing more surprising that he could have done.

The more we see God’s stunning generosity to us, the more we can say, “Lord, make me like you. I want to bear the family resemblance. Teach me to give so my generosity shows the world who you are and what you’re like."

Could we join God in stunning the world with our generosity? I think so.

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