Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 17, 2017
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25
I have not met a generous leader who was not prosperous. Not always financially, but certainly relationally, emotionally and spiritually—giving leaders tend to be rich in what matters most. A couple comes to mind, who sponsor individuals and families to attend the Generous Giving Conference. They invest major dollars annually in 50 new people who they know will be touched by the Spirit to grow in their generosity. Jess and Angela find great joy in helping others discover refreshment in generous living. Leaders prosper and refresh when they help others do the same.
God’s economy is counter intuitive to man’s conventional wisdom. Proverbs teaches a generous person who gives freely is entrusted by God with more, a stingy person who holds on forfeits his opportunity to gain more from the Lord. God cannot place blessings in the palm of a hand that is balled up into a greedy fist. But He finds great joy in giving to those who allow blessings to pass through their open hands. Generosity produces prosperity and refreshment.
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously” (2 Corinthians 9:6).
Do you look for opportunities to be generous with your time, money, wisdom and relationships? Does your generous giving enrich you and empower others to be generous givers? What you give for God’s kingdom is a secure investment with an eternal return. Remember those who took the time to teach and mentor you professionally, spiritually, in marriage and parenting. Pray about who you can do life with and help them grow from your mistakes, learning what success really looks like. Like a cold glass of homemade lemonade on a summer day–you will refresh!
Spend time preparing a generosity plan just as you would create a business plan. Budget your time to be with others for intentional mentoring, coaching or consulting. Your generosity plan may include a percentage of your business revenue in your giving fund at National Christian Foundation, an annual one percent increase in your giving from your personal budget or seeding a giving fund for your children to start practicing the habit of generous giving. Most of all, be generous with your time sitting quietly before the Lord and doing a great work with the Lord!
“I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you” (Nehemiah 6:3).
PrayerHeavenly Father, grow my heart of generosity to reflect Your heart of generosity, in Jesus’ name, amen.
ApplicationWho can I invest in with my time and resources to help them grow as a leader?
Related ReadingGenesis 45; Exodus 36:1-7; Luke 7:1-10, 10:25-27; Philippians 4:15-16
Post/Tweet todayWhat you give for God’s Kingdom is a secure investment with an eternal return. #WisdomHunters #generousleaders
Worship Resource4-minute video- All Sons & Daughters: You Hold It All Together If you are blessed by these daily devotionals please prayerfully consider a donation to support Wisdom Hunters Resources. We are trusting the Lord for His provision. Learn how to help. Our free Apple app Our free Wisdom Hunters Podcast Our free Android app
February 25, 2021
“The Lord wants to strengthen your thinking.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 25, 2021 He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount [...]
February 24, 2021
“The best way to help others is for our love to be wedded to their dignity.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 24, 2021 In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, [...]
February 23, 2021
“Ask for help, trust Him, and listen.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 23, 2021 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; ‘I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go. Isaiah 48:17 I can be a [...]