The modern world is full of self-centeredness, which often leads to a lack of generosity. This is particularly true in the Christian community, where it can be difficult to keep the focus on others rather than on our own needs.
Fortunately, there are some simple steps we can take to become more generous Christians.
Here are seven steps to follow to become a more generous Christian.
1. Pray for God’s Help
Prayer is an important part of the Christian life. It is a way to communicate with God and to express our needs and desires. When we pray, we are also asking God to help us in our daily lives.
One of the things we can pray for is to become more generous Christians. Generosity is an important virtue in Christianity. It is about giving ourselves to others, whether it is our time, our talents, or our resources. When we are generous, we are showing our love for others. We are also following the example of Jesus Christ, who was the ultimate example of generosity.
2. Consider Your Finances
While being generous is undoubtedly a good thing, you’ll want to be wise about how you approach all of this. In order to do this, you’ll need to examine and consider your finances and overall financial situation.
Take a look at your financial situation and determine how much money you can give away or donate to charitable causes. Consider setting up a budget for your giving and stick to it. By approaching things this way, you can help ensure your long-term financial wellbeing all while doing good that impacts the lives of countless others.
3. Be Generous with Your Time
Generosity is often thought of as giving money to charity or helping out a friend in need, but it can be so much more than that. Generosity is about giving of yourself – your time, your energy, your resources – to help make someone else’s life better.
There are countless ways to be generous, and each one of us has the opportunity to give in our own unique way. Whether it’s volunteering your time at a local shelter, cooking a meal for a neighbor in need, or simply offering a listening ear to a friend, generosity is always within reach.
4. Be Open to Opportunities
One of the best ways to be generous is to simply keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities to help others. Whether you hear about a family in need through a friend or see a post on social media, there are always ways that you can help. Ask God to help you spot them!
5. Support Organizations That Help Others
Consider supporting organizations that work to help others. Whether it’s a church, a local non-profit, a soup kitchen, or a homeless shelter, there are plenty of organizations that are in need of donations and volunteers.
At Global Disciples Canada we are completely reliant on the generosity of others to be able to assist those living in Africa, Asia, and Latin America with multiply disciples of Jesus.
With so many people struggling to make ends meet, the work of charities and non-profits is vital to helping support our communities. Don’t underestimate the power of your giving because even the smallest of donations can really make a difference.
6. Show Kindness
When was the last time you showed kindness to someone? Maybe it was holding the door open for someone, or giving up your seat on the bus. Whatever the act, big or small, showing kindness is one of the most generous things you can do.
Think about the last time someone showed kindness to you. How did it make you feel? Probably pretty good, right? Showing kindness creates a ripple effect of positivity and can make someone’s day.
It’s important to be kind to others, but it’s also important to be kind to yourself. Treating yourself with compassion can be just as important as treating others with kindness. After all, you deserve it. So go out and spread some kindness today. You’ll be glad you did.
As an added bonus, your acts of kindness may even inspire others to be more generous as well. Remember, the best way to inspire change is to lead by example.
7. Spread the Word
While it is great that you are taking the steps to make a positive change in your life, it shouldn’t end here.
In order to be the best person you can be, it’s important to help people make positive changes in their life as well. One of the best ways to encourage others to be generous is to simply be generous yourself. When you give of your time, your resources, or your talents, others take notice. When you live a life of generosity, you inspire others to do the same. Let others know what you’re doing and encourage them to be generous as well. Whether it’s through word of mouth or social media, spreading the word about generosity can help inspire others to be generous too.
By following these seven steps, you can become a more generous Christian and help make the world a better place. When we use our resources to help others, we can make a real difference in the lives of those around us.
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Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near to least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet, Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!
While you don’t have to be a Christian, read your bible, or attend church to be a generous person. There are many biblical examples that provide a great framework for anyone wanting to live a life of generosity.
Gods Kingdom is opposite to ours. For example,
One of those seemingly “upside down” kingdom principles that we see Paul addressing with the church is in Acts 20:35 is when he quotes Jesus’ words saying “It is more blessed to give than to receive”.
Jesus teaches us that there is something significant that happens in our souls when we give.
God Is A Giver
At first, this may be very difficult to understand or even accept but it is much easier to be experienced. It is impossible to out-give God.
Giving is in the very fabric of God’s Character. God is a giver.
- “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
- “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” – 1 John 4:9-10
- “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” – Romans 8:32
One of the greatest hallmarks of the life of a follower of Christ should be one of generosity. We give because God gave.
Jesus’ life modeled and was characterized by one of generosity. Here are just a few examples:
1. The Good Samaritan
In Luke 10:25-37, we see how two religionists passed by a man lying half-dead on the road. After being ignored for hours, the man was finally rescued by a Samaritan.
This story is undoubtedly a great example of generosity. And, the extra-mile attitude and approach we are called to have in modeling the extravagant love of Christ.
2. Jesus and the Widow of Nain
Jesus’ compassion for one of the less fortunate people was very evident in this particular story in which he raised a widow’s son from the dead (Luke 7:11-17). Her gratitude was so great that when Jesus came out of town, she followed him on her son’s newly-restored cart.
This act of generosity is one that we can all learn from. Not only is it a good example of generosity, but it shows us that generosity starts internally before it ever is externalized. Jesus was moved by compassion (Luke 7:13) and out of that place of compassion was generous.
3. Jesus and the Disciples
Jesus was often criticized for not following the religious norms of the day but instead showing generosity and care for those others overlooked. In both Matthew 9-10-12 and Mark 2:15-22, Jesus invites sinners to eat with him and his friends.
Jesus’ priority was not about keeping up appearances or being overly concerned about what onlookers thought of him but more so with his ability to be generous with his love, his attention, and his time with whosoever.
4. Jesus and Zacchaeus
In the story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10), the tax collector, we see people’s distaste of Jesus for his willingness to befriend and enter the world of a notorious thief and sinner. Jesus shows, again and again, his ability to be generous with his ability to notice those others had overlooked. Jesus’ generosity is so outrageous that Zacchaeus is immediately changed and begins modeling the generosity he has seen modeled by Jesus. Zaccheus gives half of his possesssions to the poor and four times what he has stolen to those he has stolen from.
“Listen carefully to what I am saying and be wary of the shrewd advice that tells us you how to get ahead in the world on your own. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets Generosity.” – Mark 4:24-25
Jesus death on the cross was the ultimate sacrificial act of generosity. As followers of Christ, let us not complicate what it means to live generously. Generosity will often go unnoticed and unapplaud but will always do more for you than it will ever do for others.
Would you make the commitment today to live a more generous life living a life of generosity with your time, money, attention, compassion, and efforts?
How would our communities look if our focus was on what we could give rather than what we could get?
It truely is better to give than receive.
Global Disciples Canada trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective training and coaching strategy, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and make disciples, connect with us today!