Three key understandings of any spiritual journey:
- What we think is good or right can actually be disruptive to our spiritual growth.
- We are worse off than we think, but we are more loved than we could ever imagine.
- We won’t grow as fast as we desire.
2 Corinthians 9:1-4
When you give extravagantly, you deny yourself and bless others.
1 Timothy 6:10
2 Corinthians 9:5-7
When you give extravagantly, you allow God to bless you.
2 Corinthians 9:8
“God doesn’t need your money, but he knows your money has your heart. He wants your heart, so he’s asking you to let go of your money.” – Aaron Brockett
2 Corinthians 9:10-11
Be a conduit not a container.
When you give extravagantly, you ensure that God gets the glory.
2 Corinthians 9:12-13
In a greedy selfish world, your bank statement may be the clearest indicator of how closely you are walking with Jesus.
What you do with someone else’s resources shows you what you really believe. JP Pokluda
- Romans 8:31-32. God demonstrates a generous heart in the gift of His son.
- Matthew 6:19-24. We can trust God with everything we have because He shows himself trustworthy.
- Luke 18:18-25. Money is a rival of God that can keep us from God’s family.
- 2 Corinthians 9:6-15. Our generosity is a natural reflection of what God is doing to and for us.
- Ecclesiastes 2:1-11. Life’s pursuit apart from God leads to futility.
- Proverbs 6:6-11. Preparation and frugality are the signs of God’s control of our money.
- 1 Timothy 6:6-10. The desire for money can rob us of a life with God.
- Mark 12:41-44. Great sacrifice comes out of our poverty.
- 2 Corinthians 8:1-7. It is a privilege and a responsibility to give to God’s work.