God has been supremely generous to me in sending his son Jesus Christ to earth to take my sin on himself and thereby enable me to be reconciled to God. This for me was the greatest revelation about what it is to be a Christian. There is no generosity to which any of us can aspire which can match God’s generosity. All our generosity is as stewards of the resources that God has entrusted to us. I think it is essential that we see whatever resources we have as resources we have been entrusted with to fulfil God’s purposes in this world and not ours to do with as we please. I don’t think for a moment I would be where I am in terms of wealth and success unless God had willed it and if he had willed it, nothing I could have done would have frustrated it. Equally if he had not willed it, nothing I could have done would have allowed it. Nothing I do or attain is possible apart from God. I find it healthy to remind myself of this constantly.
Giving became a lot more liberating when I structured my income in a way that diverted a part of it into a charitable trust where I could no longer retrieve it. Then, giving became more about where to give, not if to give. What I find incredibly exhilarating is to observe the way in which my giving enables the proclamation and dissemination of biblical knowledge, understanding and teaching. I am amazed that a modest amount of money can be transformational in enabling some of the ministries I support to go much further and faster than they could ever imagine doing otherwise. I am convinced that a lack of financial resources is a major obstacle to a bigger and better understanding of God’s word in the world today. That’s why we need more Gospel Patrons!