Marty Duren in his little book “The Generous Soul” put it like this:
“The war between materialism and the kingdom of God is all the more difficult because it is a war between the seen and the unseen. Money is tangible, possessions usable, bank and stock accounts reviewable, debit and credit cards holdable. All of these things can war against faith, which strives to see that which is invisible, lives in the hope of eternity, holds to a God who is transcendent, and emphasizes the existence of the reality of which what we see are mere shadows and smoke.”
Generosity to the cause of Christ can be measured in many ways…but let’s face it. Generosity almost always requires us to give more than we thnk we should or can. I don’t believe that generosity can become a reality in our experience unless three things happen to us. # 1 – We must learn to hold everything “seen” with a loose grip so that we can release it to God anytime. After all according to Paul’s view of stewardship in the book of Corinthians we are not owners but managers [II Cor. 4:1-2]. # 2 – We must live with an outright confidence in God to provide for all our needs as we follow him. After the Philippians had given generously to Paul and his team, Paul spoke with great assurance that His God which was their God would provide for all their need according to his riches found in Christ Jesus. If we are to give generously, then we must exercise that kind of faith. # 3 – We must live with “eyes on the prize.” We must in the words of Paul to the Colossians “set our affections on things above” [Col. 3:1-2] & look for the “unseen not the seen” [II Cor. 4:18].
The bottom line for practicing generosity for the cause of Christ flows out of what we believe about today and tomorrow. It reflects what we value and what we are willing to see! THINK IT THRU! – Tom Wright