Biblical Generosity: How it’s different from philanthropy with Jamie Kuiper
In Luke 6, Jesus says, “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” True biblical generosity abounds in blessing much more than just giving to a cause. Today, host Rob West welcomes Jamie Kuiper of the National Christian Foundation to talk about giving according to Scripture. Then it’s your calls at 800-525-7000.
· There are more than 2300 verses in the Bible that reference the concept of giving, money, and possessions. Twice as many as any other subject. The reason is because giving is not just a financial transaction.
· It’s a spiritual practice that has the power to help you flourish in the life God intends for you. That’s a very different concept than philanthropy which is about sending money to causes, which is great and has a lot of benefits in the world.
· When your giving is rooted in Scripture, is that it has the transformative power to heal, inspire, and bring you closer to God’s purposes for your life.
· The team at NCF has identified “10 principles of biblical generosity”
o We wake up every morning loved by a good God who wants good things for us. (God is Good)
o He owns everything in the cosmos. Everything is at his disposal, even us. (God owns everything)
o He made us with the singular purpose of bearing his image. (God created us to bear His image)
o If we really believe that’s true, we won’t get caught up in material possessions and acquiring more stuff. We’ll believe that Jesus is enough. (Jesus is enough)
o That will compel us to worship him with all of our giving and all of our resources – our money, our time, our abilities and talents (Giving is a form of worship)
o Therefore, our money becomes a reflection of that motivation (Motives matter more than money).
o The more we press into this, the more it transforms us. Yes, it transforms others and brings food to the hungry. Because it transforms us to his image (Giving brings transformation)
o The more we become like him, the more he supplies us with our needs (God is our never-ending supply)
o Why wait? This isn’t about getting saved, this is about a John 10:10 life NOW. Being faithful and fully alive in the kingdom right now as God is preparing me for eternity (Time is of the essence)
o What we do now has eternal consequences.
Jamie Kuiper of the National Christian Foundation’s West Michigan office has been our guest today. You can find out more about them and the principles of biblical generosity at MoneyWise.org/NCF.
Here are a couple of questions we answered from our callers on today’s program:
· Should I purchase my next home now because of the low interst rates?
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