I Corinthians 13: 2-3
…Though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Has it ever struck you how amazing it is how far people will go to convince you that they are impressive?
Some pastors have cashed in on this by lining people up in church on a Sunday to declare how much they are giving to the church. They have understood that people like to be seen to be generous.
You may never have questioned the type of actions described in 1 Corinthians 13, or indeed thought that they could be anything but genuine demonstrations of love, but God says, “What is the motive for your sacrifice?”
You may think that the girl who dances so beautifully before the Lord every week in church is the most spiritual person in the congregation, but maybe she is just doing it to be seen!
There is a quality of heart that God is looking for as we believe Him for unlimited possibilities this year, and that quality is that of generosity.
As you have already seen from this scripture, generosity is about far more than simply money, although finances cannot be left out. Generosity is an attitude that characterizes your whole life and brings you the kind of breakthrough that only God can give!
Generosity is powerful because it is a wide open embracing of others into your life. It is the opposite of cheapness and stinginess. It refuses to be limited by the fear of running out.
A generous person makes a mark on every life he or she touches to give the other the advantage. A generous person will always lift, strengthen and help another, and leave them better than before they met. A generous person will never be ignored, or forgotten, or dismissed as insignificant.
In fact, if you have a generous approach to people, you will never have to convince them that you are anointed or significant. They will know that you added value to their life, just by being around them. They will genuinely miss you when you are not there.
Ask yourself this question,” If I didn’t show up at church one week, or if I didn’t go to work for a day, would anyone miss me?” The answer will let you know the level of generosity and the contribution you are making right now
Wherever you are at, it’s time to intensify. The instruction God gave us this year, was that intensifying our generosity would be an important part of our ability to reach higher and go further in our own lives.
It’s time to become intense that anyone who comes into your presence is going to be lifted and promoted. You don’t just live to receive all the time, and see what others can do for you. No, you are intense about making sure others get the best of what you can offer.
If you are going to love your wife, men, don’t leave her feeling disappointed that she knows you could have loved her with more of you, but you held yourself back.
If you are going to raise up some children, don’t let them think that they are little nuisances. In fact, make sure they know without a doubt that you are crazy about them!
The hardest way to live your life is to focus on what you can receive all the time – always measuring how well others are pleasing and serving you.
Your life can become like the Dead Sea, which has streams leading into it, but no outward flow. The water is so concentrated with all kinds of minerals and salts, that it is poisonous to every living thing.
The Sea of Galilee, however, has streams leading in and out. The water is fresh and teaming with life.
When you get ready to go to the next level in your life, you will stop resenting the need to release some things. You will adopt an attitude of liberality, because you will be desperate to do everything it takes to make the progress you seek.
If you are ready to see God move on your behalf, don’t be relaxed about this instruction; make it your focus every day. Don’t let it be just one of the things you are mulling over – let it be your central thought.
As you walk in this, nothing about you will ever be able to remain average, because you have just employed some dynamite. Everything is about to change – AND FAST!