Generosity is really the “hidden gem” in the process of disciple making. Think about it; there is very little we do that does not require some type of financial decision. Do we go out to eat; do we grab a Starbucks on the way to work; do we buy the newest and most expensive athletic shoes or the ones from the clearance rack; do we buy a new car or a used car? If we’re honest with ourselves, we would all likely agree that we’ve experienced the allure of money at some point in our lives.
For this reason, Jesus spoke often on the topic of our treasure (or money in today’s terms), or possessions, our attitude about our possessions, and in the end, who really owns everyone’s possessions. We only need to look to the story of the rich young ruler (Matt. 19:16-22) to realize that the stewardship of our resources is very important. During the BEYOND initiative, we will talk a lot about generosity. It is important to understand that generosity impacts much more than just our money. Generosity is a by-product of our spiritual transformation. Jesus, who we know had little in the way of possessions, was the most generous person who ever lived. The stronger our relationship with Jesus grows, the more generous we become. Generosity is, without a doubt, a matter of the heart.
The Generosity Ladder is a tool designed to help us think more about our generosity journey. To move up this ladder is an intentional effort that starts with a transformation of the heart. Climbing this ladder is not about us, rather moving up the ladder is an exercise that brings us closer to God. Over the next few weeks, as you look at and think about this ladder, ask yourself, “Why is my generosity important to God?”