LEARNING FROM THOSE BEFORE US
The book of Acts paints the picture of a people who did not consider any of their possessions as their own. They were a people who kept a very loose grip on things; a people who were not defined by stuff; a people who realized that the eternal matters more than the temporary. They were a people defined by a radical, over-the-top, exponential generosity.
As I think about that kind of generosity, the from time to time giving lands and houses in addition to everything else brand of generosity, I find myself asking this question, “Why did they choose to live that way?” Why did they choose a pattern of living and giving that could be best described as exponential generosity? At the risk of oversimplification, it seems their generosity was a reflection of their high level of trust in Jesus and a high sense of urgency to be the good news and to share the good news of Jesus.
Another question to consider: What would happen if everyone of us chose to embrace this brand of generosity embodied by the first Christians? What amazing acts could we accomplish for God with an exponential generosity motivating us? I can’t help but to believe that the more generous we are as a church, the more impact we make in this world for Jesus.
NOW IT'S OUR TURN
As a church we are in the middle of a two-year generosity initiative called Exponential. The goal of this initiative is not simply to raise a certain amount of money and then move on. The hope is that the value of generosity increases in each of us, resulting in an exponential generosity as a church.
As I continue to reflect upon the first church and its extraordinary generosity, the final question I ask myself is, “Am I ready to embrace a lifestyle of generosity?” I can honestly say that I am—and I hope you are too.
Let’s do this together.