The Gift of Generosity
Sharing with others is just as important as any other spiritual gift. Are you exercising the gift of generosity?
Have you ever noticed how your worship leader at church is a great singer… and perhaps you are not? The people on stage might have the gift of music. And you might have the gift of generosity.
Everyone understands that God has blessed singers with vocal talent. And the best singers have strengthened that gift over the years with diligence practice. If you wanted to, you could practice and grow your singing talents as well, though you might never reach the level that a gifted singer naturally attains. But in the end, one thing is certain: Whether you have a beautiful voice or can’t carry a tune, God wants everyone to sing.
We were all made to be givers. But not all givers are created equal.
So it goes with giving. We were all made to be givers. But not all givers are created equal. When we study the scripture, we see that the gift of generosity is a spiritual gift that has been bestowed on some people in abundance. Understanding that shapes the way that we approach giving in our lives and in the Kingdom of God.
Giving is a gift
God has a role for each of us to play in the financial work of the Kingdom. While all of us are called to give generously, God has ordained some people to be super-givers. Check out this passage from Romans 12:6-8, which deals with spiritual gifts in the church:
6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
You might be pretty familiar with some of the spiritual gifts on this list. Some people are gifted in serving, some in teaching and others in encouraging. You may even have spent time studying these spiritual gifts, trying to determine which of them is most active in your life. But did you notice that, hidden in the middle of verse 8, this scripture mentions generosity? “If it is giving,” the passage says, “then give generously.”
God sees generosity as an important spiritual gift, in the same context with other high-profile functions in the church.
This verse underscores the gift of generosity and its important role in the church. Giving will probably never turn you into a “celebrity Christian” like leading, teaching or singing might. But God sees generosity as an important spiritual gift, listing it in the same context with these other high-profile functions in the church.
And just like He has given certain people special talents and personality traits to excel in these other areas, He has also blessed some of us with talents and gifts to use for extraordinary generosity.
Do you have the gift of generosity?
So, what does this mean for you? Well, its application is going to depend a lot on what God is doing in your life. If you think you may have the spiritual gift of generosity, you need to begin to steward that gift in your life. When God blesses you with big financial resources, He also intends for you to become a big giver.
If you feel led to give to your church, to ministries or to people in need — if you long to bless and provide for those in need — that’s a good sign that you have the gift of generosity. It’s especially important for you to manage your money well so that you can experience the life of generosity that God has created for you. And if you submit this area of your life to God, you might see big financial increase over time, because He has big plans for you to give very generously.
What if I don’t have the gift of generosity?
But what if that’s not you? What if you genuinely don’t have the spiritual gift of generosity? Does that mean that you can hold on to all your money and let the super-generous people you know take care of all the giving?
No. Even though you may not be gifted with extraordinary generosity, you are still called to give.
Some people are endowed with the resources to be extraordinarily generous. But we are all supposed to give.
The gift of generosity works just like any other spiritual gift. Just because some people are called to full-time evangelism doesn’t mean the rest of us shouldn’t share the gospel. God wants us all to spread the good news. You may not have the gift of teaching, but there will be times in your life when God asks you to teach. So it goes with giving: God calls some people to extraordinary generosity and provides them resources that enable them to give abundantly. But we are all made to be givers.
People that God has blessed with the gift of generosity have an obligation to exercise that gift to glorify God and make a difference in the world around them. And the rest of us should follow their example and give in the very best way we can.
Growing in your gift
If God has given you the gift of generosity, you have a lot of potential to make a powerful difference in the world. That starts with making the most of the resources you have now and managing them wisely so that you can do the things God has called you to do with your money.
For years, I’ve been teaching people to follow God’s plan for their financial lives, and I would be honored to help you to. If you’d like to begin the journey from where you are today to where God wants you to be, let me walk with you by subscribing to God, Money & Me. Signing up is completely free — just fill out this form, and I’ll come alongside you with insight and wisdom to help you find freedom in your finances and begin making a difference in the world.
God has a great plan for your financial life. Let’s walk the road to freedom together and discover the life that He has created for you to live.