Regret Prevention Part 3: I Would Have Given More Generously
It doesn’t matter how much you accomplished or how much you accumulated. One day the game will end and it will all go back in the box.
We are focusing on avoiding future regrets by focusing on two of the most common regrets people report as they near the end of life:-Last week: I would have loved more deeply.-This week: I would have given more generously.
44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
From the very beginning, followers of Jesus were characterized by radical generosity.
1 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
God’s economy, generosity is much more about the WHY than the WHAT.-The truth is, our stuff has the power to imprison us.-The widow’s gift is one of deep love, devotion, and total trust. In this moment, she is demonstrating freedom.
How do we practice this radical generosity both individually and within community?-We give-We serve
What would it look like today for each one of us to ask God this question: “How can I be more generous?”