Generosity Breeds Generosity – TWC Daily Devotional – Monday 10 August 2015

The default position of many individuals is that of selfishness and stinginess. And it appears in some cases that whether you’re a Christian or not doesn’t matter – holding on to our money and possessions goes beyond religion for some. A person may be a strong Christian and a spiritual leader, but when it comes to money, they shrink back and they become like the stingy people they used to be before they became Christians. In some cases, churches can become extremely stingy too, forgetting that we are called to bless and that includes giving generously to others in need. Some may say, but oh I do give to the poor and I give to charities. Yes, we may have done that but the real test that usually works for me is this – would people around me describe me generally as generous?  Would people around you generally describe you as generous? If so, fantastic, if not, then you’re not generous – it’s as simple as that. The same test applies to a company or a church as a corporate body too. What we often do not realize is this: generosity breeds generosity. When you sow generously, you will reap generously. When you are generous towards others, most people would also be generous with you. Of course, there are exceptions. There are always those who only want to receive but not give. They want more from you but would not give a dime back. They do not realize that there is blessing in being generous! God is a debtor to no man. When we give generously to whatever or whoever He is leading us to give to, He will bless us back exceedingly more than we can ask or imagine! The blessing may not always be in financial terms, but there will always be a blessing in store for the generous. At the same time, we need to remember that Paul also said, “whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly” (2Cor.9:6). Yes, that’s right – when a person is stingy towards others, others tend to be stingy towards them. When we hold back what we should give to the Lord or His work, He holds back His blessings in our lives too. I have met many who are generous and also many who are not generous. Those who are generous are blessed back by God, because He always outgives us! And they are usually very happy people, there is something about them that liberates them to be all that God wants them to be. On the other hand, those who are not generous will never have the same blessing from the Lord. God is Himself a generous God who has given generously and sacrificially towards us. Therefore, generosity pleases God and He releases the blessings from His storehouse to us when we are generous. But when we are selfish, stingy and lacking in generosity, God holds back His blessings in our lives too. Those who are not generous also carry with them a certain demeanor, a certain spirit. They are bound by their own lack of generosity and poverty spirit that they are unable to fully accomplish what the Lord has called them to. They may have some degree of satisfaction from accumulating wealth and possessions for themselves, but they will never truly enter into God’s abundant joy. They will never have the kind of satisfaction that God has in store for them because their stinginess has bound them and made them slaves to material things. As you walk with God today, remember that we worship a generous God and aim to be more like Him. Be generous, be others-centred, care about others people’s well-being. Remember that generosity breeds generosity. Have a great day! 

Barnabas Chong

Today’s Bible Text: “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” (‭2Cor.9:6)‬

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Day 10

by Rev Joel Yong

Exodus 23:9 ESV
You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.

God was careful to remind the newly freed people of Israel to remember their roots – and show kindness to foreigners traveling in their midst.

It’s easy once you have newly acquired territories to begin guarding your turf against ‘outsiders’.

But God reminds Israel that once upon a time, they were homeless and wandering too, in a foreign land.

In being unkind to foreigners, they would be negating the beginnings of their nation. How nations are formed, gives rise to their subsequent characteristics. God wanted Israel to be a people who remembers how He saved them, as a theocratic nation.

Whenever I read this, I remember that my paternal grandfather came all the way from Meixian and my maternal grandmother came from Fujian and yes they were once foreigners too in this land. A lot of Singaporean forefathers were, before we became an independent state.

Yes, we would do well, to remember that and be kind to the many foreigners in our midst. It is after all the hands of foreign labor that built our tiny island lacking in resource and manpower, to what it is today and today we are seeing history repeat itself.

Hebrews 13:2 ESV
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.