Generosity: More Than Just Money


God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God Himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to Him forever and ever! Amen.

- 1 Peter 4:10-11

If you grow up in church, you’re going to hear a lot about tithing.

Each week they will pass out the offering plates to collect each person’s tithe of their money or you will hear your pastor talk about giving online now. Either way, you hear all the time about being generous with your finances.

While this is necessary and Biblical, I think we can forget about generosity in other areas.

Tithing of your finances is something that God specifically commands in Scripture. Finances are a resource and gift that God is giving to us and we are to give back the first part of it to Him.

But why then does it stop with our finances?

After all, God gives us many good gifts.

One of those is our talents.

Why would we often rather hide our talents and keep them to ourselves than share them with God and His people?

Writing has always been a gift I believe God has given me--the talent He placed in my heart that was meant to bring Him glory. However, when I first began writing seriously, it was a lot

easier for me to give generously of my finances than it was to give generously of my talent.

After all, I had a lot more to consider when giving of my talent.

What if no one liked my writing? What if I wasn’t any good? What if…?

Instead of sharing of my gift freely with others to glorify God, it felt safer to hide my talent and not face rejection.

But then I read this passage:

God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. - 1 Peter 4:10

This verse encourages us to remember to use our gifts and talents from God well. And what I love about this passage is how it emphasizes that each one of us have been given gifts from God. Not just some of us.

If you’re wanting to give more generously of your gift and talent, here are three things to remember:

1. Remember why you are giving of your talent and Who you are doing it for. It may seem awkward or scary at first to share generously of your talent with others. Do it anyway for God and His glory.

2. Keep your focus on His glory. Sometimes when sharing our talents, we can receive a lot of praise and kind words from others. Don’t become distracted here and allow this to take your focus off of the glory going to Christ.

3. Always stay humble. Let’s strive not to share our talents with others in a way that puffs ourselves up. Instead, let’s keep a humble attitude as we seek to encourage and build up those around us through the gifts we’ve been entrusted with.

Share of your talent generously. If you’ve been given the gift of writing; share your writing with as many people as you can. If you’ve been given the talent of crafting, create beautiful things to uplift those around you. Whatever your talent may be, use it for His glory. And give it back to Him abundantly.

Reflection

1. What are one or two talents you believe God has given you?

2. How can you share those talents with those around you to encourage them this month? This week?

3. Who is someone in your life who may have a talent they’re hiding that you could reach out and encourage this week?

Prayer

Dear Jesus, thank You for giving me a talent that I can use to bring You glory and honor. Please help me to keep my focus on You as I share this gift You’ve given me with Your people. Help me to glorify You and give generously. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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