God is stingy.
How does that line sit with you?
If you agree with it, we might have a problem. Chances are, it doesn't resonate with you at all because it seems totally inconsistent with God's character and ways. Consider:
God is not stingy.
God is generous.
And we, His children, have the opportunity to reflect His character and display the family trait of generosity.
As a church, we value the Big Smile of Achoo. In other words, we value generosity.
Well, God has been so generous to us! Why would we want to be unlike Him? And, through acts of generosity His purposes are advanced and people are helped and blessed.
Why a "Big Smile"?
Have you ever met someone who was lovingly generous and simultaneously sour and cold? Have you ever noticed that people who are lovingly generous seem to be truly joyful? It's not a coincidence, the Bible tells us there is a link between joy and generosity.
Well, the Bible promises that a lifestyle of giving opens our hands to also receive blessing. In our consumeristic and selfish world, it can be tempting to become motivated to give more in order to recieve more. But, we don't give to get blessed, we give because we are blessed. And when people sneeze we say "bless you!" not "bless me" Perhaps there's a good reminder in every sneeze?
I am so proud of our church family and how we are growing in the grace of generosity!
Wouldn't it be fun to give even more?