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Being purposeful with finances 3

'The godly love to give!' Proverbs 21:26 NLT

The level of blessing God's prepared to trust us with depends on: (1) Our maturity to handle the blessing. (2) Our willingness to sow it into the Kingdom. (3) Our level of generosity. God knows we can't all give the same amount. Jesus honoured a widow for giving her last two coins, saying: 'Others put in what they had to spare of... she, poor as she is, put in all she had' (Mark 12:44 GNT). On the other hand, businessman Barnabas 'sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles' feet' (Acts 4:37 NIV).

The more God blesses us with, the more he holds us accountable for. Jesus said, 'When someone has been given much, much will be required in return' (Luke 12:48 NLT). We're not all called to give equally but we're all called to sacrifice equally. Ever visited a friend who doesn't have a lot, but their hospitality is so amazing that we feel like royalty? That's because they were willing to share whatever they had, even if it meant giving something up. In order to be really generous, we usually have to sacrifice.

When God trusts us with blessing, his heart is for us to give out willingly and generously. So, let's learn to be generous with whatever he entrusts us with, and sow it back into his Kingdom.

So what now? In what area you could be more generous? It may not be financially, but could you give more of your time or encouragement to a friend or good cause?

Soulfood: Gen 32-34 Luke 9:46-56 Ps 145:14-21 Pro 4:23-24,

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