This topic is adapted from the PursueGOD Video YouTube channel.
From the time we are children, we are used to thinking of certain things as “ours”. The material world is divided between what is “mine” and what is “not mine”. But the Bible teaches us that we don’t actually own anything.
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.
We have the privilege and opportunity to use some of God’s resources to meet our needs, but they don’t belong to us. In Deuteronomy 8:17-18, God reminds us that we can’t claim that our hard work or talent produced what we have, because even the basic ability to produce wealth or resources comes as a gift from God.
God’s Overflowing Generosity
God is extremely generous with his resources. Psalm 104:10-18 describes God’s abundant provision for his creation, including humanity. He waters the earth and gives food to the animals – and blesses men and women as well. 1 Timothy 6:17 encourages us not to put our hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to “hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” God is gracious to give us not only what we need for sustenance, but to provide for the enjoyment of life.
God’s most generous act was to give us his Son as our Savior.
Romans 8:31-32 “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
Notice that “God is for us.” There is a misconception among some that if you become a Christian, God will take everything away from you and make your life miserable. But God demonstrates that he is for us by giving up his own Son on our behalf. Jesus came down from his glorious, heavenly existence to become a human being, to live in our squalid, evil planet as one of us (see 2 Corinthians 8:9).
We were living as enemies of God, violating his ways. He did not owe us redemption, only condemnation for our sin. Yet he saved us in an act of incredible generosity. And if God is that generous, this passage of Romans argues, we can certainly trust him to “graciously give us all things” that we need.
Our Generosity Flows from God’s Generosity
Our generosity, then, is a response to God’s abundant generosity toward us. When we are generous, our lives reflect the heart of God. God uses our generosity to express his own generosity, as he channels his resources through us to bless others. Every act of generosity that you offer someone ultimately points them to God’s generosity.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- On a scale of 1 to 10, how generous do you think you are? Explain.
- Read Psalm 24:1. How does this verse shape the way you think about your stuff?
- List some of the ways that God is generous to us.
- How can you show God’s generosity to others?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.