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Greatest Sermon Ever 12: On Giving
Richard Root
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Greatest Sermon Ever 12: On Giving Apr 26, 2020
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The Sermon on the Mount – 11. On Giving
Matthew 6:2-4

“When you give, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
•    Jesus is making a profound observation about life in the Kingdom of God. Let your generosity be as habitual as tying your shoes. Let it become such a habit that “your left hand does not know what your right hand is doing.”
As you give, as you become a truly generous person who is not merely trying to impress people but actually wants to partner with God and follow Jesus. You’re entering into the reality of kingdom living. It’s really good.

1. Blessing
Jesus himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)
We think getting stuff is the path to the good life. When we get something new, we receive a little burst of pleasure. But that little burst always wears off. Over the long haul, givers are happier, more joyful people than takers.

2. More relational connection
Paul says this to givers in the early church about the people who received their gifts:
“And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.” (2 Corinthians 9:14)
People who are generous with their time, generous with their money, end up entering into new relationships, connecting with, and caring about more people.

3. Freedom
When I focus only my own life, on getting what I want, I become a slave to my desire.
Psalm 22:20 says, “ precious life from the power of the dogs.”
Does that phrase “my precious” ring any bells? The rule in the kingdom of God is, “Freely you have received; freely give.” (Matthew 10:8)

4. Joy
“The people rejoiced over the offerings, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD, and King David was filled with joy.” (1 Chronicles 29:9)
God has wired you for generosity. When you are generous with your money or with your time in serving, it triggers the release of oxytocin, dopamine, serotonin, vasopressin, endorphins, and prolactin. It’s sometimes called the “helper’s high.”

5. God’s delight
“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.” (Proverbs 19:17)
Generous people experience the delight of God. Why would you not give what you cannot keep to gain what you cannot lose?

6. A blessing that will go to the next generation
“They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing.” (Psalm 37:26)
Note, the text doesn’t say, “Their children will be blessed.” It says, “Their children will be a blessing.” Selfish parents tend to raise selfish children. Generous parents tend to raise generous children.

7. Multiplied impact
“Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.’” (Mark 12:41-44)
No matter what your income is, do not believe your gift doesn’t count. God can take two fish and five loaves and feed a multitude. God is the ultimate multiplier.

8. A New Financial Partner
When you step into generosity, you align yourself with the unseen jet stream of the universe. Jesus put it like this:
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)
Trusting God with your finances, leading a generous life, discovering it’s more blessed to give than to receive, getting real about being a giver and not a taker, that’s the biggest nobrainer in the history of mankind. That’s the reward of generosity.

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