Have you ever asked yourself, “What is enough?”
In America, we have an abundance. In most cases, we have in excess of what we need. Yet, we always seem to pursue more.
Moving Toward Generosity
Lately, I’ve been reading More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity by Jeff Shinabarger. Throughout the book, Jeff stresses the need to answer the question, “What is enough?” He examines several areas of life from clothing to transportation to gifts. All the while, comparing what he has to what is truly enough.
Once we draw the line of enough for ourselves, then we can give generously from our excess. Your enough will likely be different than mine and that’s okay. The point is, if you never draw the line, then you always strive for more (almost without thinking about it).
I chose to read this book as a way to help me stretch my thinking and preferences about giving.
One of the reasons I chose FEED to be my focus word for 2014 is that I want to become a more generous person.
I want to copy the example of the early church. Look at what the Bible says about the first Christ Followers:
And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. Acts 2:44 NLT
All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. Acts 4:32 NLT
Honestly, these verses challenge the way I typically think.
God has blessed me and I want to be a good steward over what He’s given me. I think one important way I can do this is by becoming a more generous giver to meet the needs of other Christians AND to soften the hearts of those that are not yet believers.
God Can Do a Lot with a Little
My focus verse (John 6:9) reminds me that God can do a lot with a little.
Jesus took the generosity the boy offered via his five small loaves and two small fish, blessed it and fed thousands.
This encourages me. When you look at all the need out there in the world today, it can be overwhelming. It can be paralyzing because you think, “What difference will this little bit make?”
I have to remember that Jesus will multiply what I give in His name. He will use it in miraculous ways to glorify His Father in heaven.
I can’t do everything, but that shouldn’t stop me from doing something.
I am going to become a more generous Christ Follower.