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Generosity: A well-Kept Secret

"Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” - Luke 6:38

Did you know that Luke 6:38 has nothing to do with the giving of our tithes? 
Let that sink in for just a moment. . . .

Ok, I’ll say it again. Luke 6:38 has nothing to do with the giving of our tithes.

Our tithes already belong to God. Returning them to Him simply elicits His provision in meeting our daily need. I’ve always said that 10 percent of our income has the potential for either a curse or a promise of provision. Try not giving your tithes. I guarantee you will have repair bills or medical costs equaling or surpassing what you didn’t give in tithes.

But, I’m not expounding on the virtue of giving your tithes. Stay with me.

We always seem to link tithes and offerings to God’s blessing. I did, until one day I saw Luke 6:38 in a completely different light. That’s when I realized that God wanted to bless my life through the incredible principle of ‘generosity.’

My wife and I started secretly responding to need as it became apparent to us through various opportunities. 
At first, we did not expect anything in return. We still don’t.

However, we discovered that God rewards the generous spirit. Things started appearing in our life that did not fit into the “need” category.

We actually began to experience a form of blessing that God reserves for the generous individuals who are willing to be His answer to prayer in someone’s life.

Generosity has added a whole new dimension to our life.

Ways to practice “generosity:”
1. When in a restaurant, pray for an opportunity to pay someone’s meal cost. Simply ask the waitress to “snag” their check, wait till after you leave and then tell them their meal ticket has been paid. This is a great way to bless police officers and first responders.

2. Listen to conversations in which someone shares a financial or other need. Ask God to show you how He wants you to be His answer to their prayer.

3.Tip your waitress/waiter or hotel maid well—even if the service was not up to your approval. Perhaps they need someone to bless them and help turn a bad day around.

4. Don't wait until you have extra. Be generous out of your need. That's the seed that God blesses!

5. Oh, and don't give to get. That takes all the fun out of the whole idea of being God's boots on the ground. Don't worry . . . He will bless you in ways you never imagined.

If you decide to trust God in this area, do so with no other motive than to be His hand in someone’s life. Do it anonymously and do not look for an opportunity to be praised for your generosity.

After all, God keeps good books!

Dr. Jim