Today I am so happy to introduce to you my friend, Rachel Olsen. Rachel has just released a book titled, “It’s No Secret: Revealing God’s Divine Truths Every Woman Should Know.” I have enjoyed using it so much during my time with Jesus each day, I thought I would share a copy with one of you! (I give all the details below!) I asked Rachel to come and share today and the topic that struck my heart last Friday: generosity.
“One of the sweet things I’ve experienced since my book It’s No Secret released this month is hearing how the biblical truths within are impacting people. So it was great to hear from Lynn that the chapter on living generously struck a God-sized chord in her heart. I’m especially humbled to hear that because generosity is truly not my strength.
I’m not a big giver by nature; I’m a stingy giver by nature. I’ve taken multiple spiritual gifts questionnaires over the years measuring 20 some spiritual gifts and attributes. And I always score lowest on “voluntary poverty” and “mercy” – clearly I’m no Mother Theresa!
But I discovered a divine secret that has helped me live more open-handed. I found throughout the Bible God promises to reward us – both here on earth and especially in eternity – for being generous.
Does it seem wrong to you to be motivated to give by the reward you will receive, rather than by sheer loving kindness? I agree it’s ideal to give out of altruistic motives – out of a love of God and others. I’m just not sure it’s always possible. And I disagree that it is wrong to be motivated by the rewards God offers.
I’d like to say I give consistently because I’m commanded to. But let’s face it, my track record at simply obeying rules (such as do not covet) is not stellar. And that can be said for every single member of the human race. God knows this – that’s why He had to send Jesus.
Jesus knows this too, that’s why he mentions the word “reward” seven times inside of eighteen verses in Matthew 6:1-18. Jesus told us we’ll receive a God-ordained reward if we give without drawing attention to ourselves. If He didn’t want the promise of a future reward to taint our motives, He wouldn’t have revealed it. But He did, and He wants us to be motivated by it because when we give, His giving nature is displayed – that very same giving nature that desires to bless us for being generous.
God expects us to give – to bless and provide for others. But He doesn’t expect us to have the impulse to do so all on our own. He fuels our desire to be generous with His Word, with His character, with His Spirit, with the example of others, and with the promise that He will bless and provide for us in return.
So I hope that if you can get your hands on a copy of my book, you will. And you will read chapter 5 and do the Bible study section that follows, and let God grow a generous heart in you. Because giving truly is one of the smartest things a Yahweh Sister can do.
In the spirit of generosity, Lynn is offering a free copy of my book today. Here’s how: Answer this question: If you were given $20,000 that you could give away, where would you give it and why. Click below on “comments” to enter to win and share where you would give; leaving your email address so that I can contact the winner.. (If you are receiving this via e-mail, just pop back over to Lynn’s blog at http://www.lynncowell.com/). And if you just don’t have time for that today, comment with “I’m in” and Lynn will make sure your name is enter. If you just can’t wait until Tuesday to find out whether or not you’ve won, click here to order your own copy! Be on the look out…Lynn will be sharing very soon just where she’d give $20,000!
I am also giving away a Kinde e-reader at my blog this week. Stop by http://www.rachelolsen.com/ to enter there.”
See you Wednesday~ Lynn