Proverbs 11:25, A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

2 Corinthians 9:7, Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

James 1:22, Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

At Cottonwood Creek, I’ve been teaching a series about growing a great faith. A great faith is always a generous faith! The Bible says in Proverbs 11:25, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

Being stingy has never once led to a happy and successful life. Sure, being stingy can allow you to accumulate more stuff, but stingy people don’t have many friends and typically don’t enjoy their amassed treasures.

As you head into the weekend, I wanted to give you three biblical principles about being generous. First, God blesses our generosity because God is generous with His love and grace, and He wants us to be more like Him. Second, embracing God’s vision always brings God’s provision. God’s vision for His people is that we would be the most generous people on the planet. Every country in the world has hospitals and Universities that were first  built and funded by generous Christians. When we embrace God’s vision, we receive God’s provision. Third, when we refresh others, we will also be refreshed. Remember Proverbs 11:25, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

As you head into the weekend, be generous with your love, kindness, words and actions, and on Sunday, be generous with your worship of God. In doing so, you will be both prosperous and refreshed.

Take care and have a blessed weekend!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D

 

What did you hear?  What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?

 

What do you Think?  How does it apply to your life?

 

What will you do?  Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22)

 

Now talk to God:  This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer or response to what God said to you.