Our perspective on money determines our approach to it. Many people think you have to have a lot of money to be generous, but the Bible is clear that generosity doesn’t come from a bigger paycheck, just a bigger perspective. Here are three quick perspective-shifting thoughts about generosity from 2 Corinthians 8:4…

[The Macedonian Christians were] begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints—

2 Corinthians 8:4 (ESV)

Generosity is a gift to the receiver and the giver.

The Macedonians couldn’t wait to give. They were begging for the opportunity! When we give, our generosity unlocks God’s provision in someone else’s life as well as in our own (see Malachi 3:9-11, Proverbs 3:9-10, Matthew 6:33, 2 Corinthians 9:7-8). It’s only when our hands are open to give that they are also open to receive.

Generosity puts the “US” back in “generoUS”.

The Macedonians recognized they all were “taking part” corporately in a gift. When we understand our part and commit to it, we can do exponentially more together than we ever could alone!

Giving isn’t an obligation, it’s an opportunity.

The Macedonians were fired up about giving because they were excited to help provide relief. Generosity, in its most basic form is just that – providing relief. Great needs require great generosity, and as we see giving through the lens of Scripture, we will begin to view it not as something we’re pressured to do, but something we are privileged to do.

We give because God gave. He’s been over-the-top generous to us, so it only makes sense that generosity would define our lives and worship as well!

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