I’m In: I’m InvestedSeptember 6, 2020
I’M IN – 4
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33, NIV
I. WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT GENEROSITY?
1Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, 2 that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. 3 For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, 2 Corinthians 8:1-3, NASB
II. WHY DOES GOD WANT ME TO BE GENEROUS?
- Antidote to Materialism/Greed
15Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. 1 John 2:15, NASB
- Brings Blessing
6 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6, NASB
- Reflects Gratitude
7 Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7, NASB
- Investment in Eternal Things
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:19-20, NIV
- Reveals the Heart
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! Matthew 6:21-23, NIV
- Acting like God
31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. Matthew 6:31-32, NIV
- Act of Worship
16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:6, NIV
III. HOW TO INVEST IN ETERNAL THINGS THROUGH GENEROSITY?
- Prioritize Your Life
- Pray and Ask God for Wisdom, Faith, and Strength
- Plan for Giving
5 . . . . but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God, 2 Corinthians 8:5, NASB.