Money is on my mind a lot. I like putting a budget together, tracking trends, and submitting monthly reports to myself. When it comes to generosity, it’s usually a line item in my budget that I would like to make bigger, but it is hard to make that actually happen. Thankfully, my wife is a big encouragement to me to be more generous.
Something struck me this weekend listening to Craig’s interview of Robert Morris: I actually am a generous person. I’m not generous because of how big the generosity line item is in my budget, but because of who God created me to be when He saved me through Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “...anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” This means that my old self, my greedy self, is completely gone. I am now a 100% completely new person because of Christ’s transformational work in my life.
Do I always make generous decisions? No. My new nature is one of generosity, but I am still tempted to please myself and not others or Christ. But I don’t need to think that my charitable contributions each year determine my standing with God. He has already saved me and given me everything that belongs to Him. My generosity then is not a means to get what is God’s—it’s a means of giving the world what He has given me.