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September 29, 2020 6:00 am
Let me ask you a question.
Would God looked down from heaven into your heart and into your life and call you a generous person and stop stop right before you think about how much money you give.
I want you to rethink the question. If God didn't even take into account anything to do with money. How generous are you from his perspective. Are there other ways that he measures generosity that might be even way more important than money and let me give you a hint. The answers yes you don't want to miss Living on the Edge today. Welcome to this Edition of Living on the Edge with Sugar Grove Bible Teacher of This Daily Discipleship Program That I Gave Victor Continues a Series Called Living Generously by Explaining How It's Possible to Effectively Measure Generosity beyond Good Intentions to Dynamic Generosity after the Teachings You Will Join Us in Studio with Some More Comments about This Journey of Generosity.
So I Hope You'll Stay with Us for That Stewardship Now for His Message.
How Does God Measure Generosity. So How Does God Measure Generosity While Jesus Has a Way of Taking What We Believe and What We Think and How We Evaluate and Literally Turning It Upside down and and the Way He Does.
That Is to Bring Life and to Bring Freedom, but We Just Get Used To Seeing Things and Evaluating Things in Ways That Are Very Very Subtle but Lead Us down past That Ruin Relationships That Hurt People.
In Fact, the Word Miser Comes from the Root Word for Miserable, Miserly Non-Generous People Are Miserable and yet There's Something We Think about Generosity When We Self Evaluate Recently. I Think I'm Pretty Generous.
This Series Is Not about Money. This Series Is about Generosity and Being Smart about Living Your Life in a Way That Brings about the Highest and Best Results for You and the Greatest Glory for God so Jesus As a Teachable Moment with His Disciples. There's a Treasury over There Is outside the Temple People Are Coming and Dropping Large Gifts and It and a Woman Comes by and Drop Something Very Small and Jesus Stops. Everyone Says Wait a Second. Don't Miss This Moment.
Luke Chapter 21 Verses 1 to 4 Pick up the Story As He Looked up Jesus All the Rich Putting Their Gifts into the Temple Treasury, and by the Way I Think Was Very Thankful. I Think When He Gives People A Lot in Their Giving Gifts. I Think Brings Great Joy to His Heart. There Is Not a Good Person and a Bad Person. The Story There's a Comparison. He Also Saw a Poor Widow Put into Small Copper Coins, and so Is Looking at the Balance Some Very, Very Large Gifts to Small Copper Coins. The Notice What He Does, I Tell You the Truth, This Poor Widow Has Put in More Than All the Others and They Can See Explanation Because I Don't about You, but That's Not Good Math Right A Lot Of Money Versus Two Small Copper Coins They Physically Gave More, but According to Jesus, She Gave More and Then He Tells Us Why All These People Gave Their Gifts Out Of Their Wealth, but She Out Of Her Poverty Put in All She Had to Live on the Breakthrough Concept Here Put It Right up Front in the Notes.
This Is How God Measures Generosity God Measures Generosity, Not by the Size of the Gift by the Size of the Sacrifice What He Was Saying Was That It Cost Her More to Put in Two Small Copper Coins Than It Cost Them.
Why Is It Impacted Her Lifestyle. She Basically Had the Faith to Believe and Had a Heart to Say I Love You God. By the Way, When We Give That That's That's the Message. This Is a Performance When We Give to God's Act of Love and This Woman Said I Don't Have Hardly Anything Left but I Want to Give What I Have and I Believe, and I Trust That Once I've Given All That I Had to Live on, That the God That I Serve Is Kind, Generous and Powerful He's Going to Meet My Needs. See, When Jesus Sees Sacrifice That Impacts Our Lifestyle. What He Sees As a Heart of Love and That's Why He Said She Was More Generous Actually Taught This at a Conference.
Once It Was One of Those like Four Days Conferences Review for Five Messages and on the Very First Day of the Conference, I Told People I Want You to Know Even the Title Genius of Generosity. It's Really Not about Money. And You Know How Your and Aligned the Buffet at One of Those Afterwards and I Hear These Two People Talk and There, Leaning One over to the Other and Did Know I Was behind Him.
Well, You Know Skies Is Not about Monica Generosity You Know Are the Things Going Right and It Was Really Interesting.
When I Got Done with This Message. At the Very End. That Lady Came up to Me. She Did Know I Ever Heard It. She Said That You Know When You Said That This Wasn't about Money.
I Thought Yeah Right She Said When You Finish This on How God Measures Generosity, She Does.
It's Really Not about Money Is Said, Ma'am, It's Really Not. It's Really about Heart. It's about Life.
It's about How Smart People Live Understand Who God Is and What the Highest and Best for Their Life and for Others and to Honor Him and Not Waste Their Life See the Whole Point of Generosity.
I Mean, You Know This Intellectually.
God Really Doesn't Need Your Money. He Owns Everything but Steps of Generosity Are a Part of His Plan so That Intimacy and Relationship with Him Can Increase and the Only Way That Intimacy Ever Happens with God Is This Mechanism Called Faith.
The Conduit of Relationship with God Is Not Knowledge. Knowledge Puffs up. Love Edifies the Conduit Is Faith. You Can Have Knowledge and Never Put into Action. But When I Believe What God Says to the Point That I Trust and I Act I Respond to Light Any Gives More Light in the Relationship and Intimacy so Want One Not.
All but One of the Primary Ways As He Develops Intimacy Is by Teaching Me to Be like Him to Trust That God Is Who He Said He Is That His Word Is Really True That When I Give My Money or My Time or Will See Our Reputation, Our Future, or Even My Life or the Most Precious Thing That I Deem Precious to Me When My Faith. I Say Lord, It's All Yours and It's Available Whenever However You Want. It Cultivates This Amazing Thing with the Love of God Gets Deposited in You and It Overflows into Relationships. I Was Thinking about This Whole Area of the Generosity. It Was the Sort of the Background for This Book Several Years Ago, and As Was Think about Generosity Was Just Sitting at My Desk in Christmas Is a Tough Time for Pastors on Messages Okay Because I've Never Heard the Story before It Right. I Mean You like Okay This Go to Church. Okay Lessee There's Magi.
We Got Shepherds. We Got Married We Got Joseph Got the Manger. Anyone Minus Say and I Was Thinking about Generosity and and You Know Sometimes I Just Put My Feet up on My Desk and Had a Good Couple Coffee and I Just Sort of Mentally Thought about Lord I Don't Know Why This Question Came Why Did You Come to This Planet the Way You Decided to Come and Why Did You Introduce Us to the Very Character Summing the Christmas Story Is Very Interesting. We Had These Probably Persian or Babylonian Studies of the Stars Who See a Star, Probably 18 to 24 Months before the Baby Was Actually Born They See It and They Go on a Journey and Then You Have These Lowlife Condo Actually Sort of the Disenfranchised Social Group of Shepherds They Can in the Story and Then You Have a Teenage Girl, Mary, Probably 15, 16 Years Old and a Blue-Collar Worker Was Betrothed to Her Will. They Become a Big Part of the Story, Then Pretty Soon You Have Angels Involved in and I Just Started Thinking about and I Just Laid the Story out and As I Did. I Thought It's It's a Graduate Level Each Step of Each Person Introduced into the Story All the Way to Jesus and God the Father Is a Snapshot of What the Bible Teaches about the Heart of God and Generosity. Now Normally I Would Have You Getting Those Bibles and Follow Passage to Passage with Me, but but I Want You to Listen to the Story through the Lens of Generosity. We Pick It up Where Far beyond Money. The Magi, and That's What They Give on Coming to the House. They Followed the Star for Almost 2 Years and They Saw the Child with His Mother Mary and They Bowed down and They Worshiped Him. Then They Opened Their Treasuries and They Presented Him with Gifts of Gold and Incense and of Murder and so the First People in the Story Are People That They Literally Get the Least Revelation Right I Mean Is Not an Angel. It's Just a Star. They Studied the Stars That Done Some Research, They Follow It. It Lands over Bethlehem. Here's a Couple They Know the Stars about the King of the Jews Inquire about the King of the Jews. They See the Child and They Given I Give Money Is Great. Lots of Good Reasons and There Generously. They Want a War and It's an Act of Worship. Notice It inside the Gifts As They Worshiped Him. Like David Said I Will Not Worship God with Anything That Cost Me Nothing. But There's a Sacrifice There's a We Want to Honor Him, Here's Here's the Catch It When You Get Generosity Just in the Financial Realm You Can Give and Not Be Generous, You Can Give Regularly Systematically the First Fruit and Not Be Generous. I Got an Interesting Email Someone Boldly Went Online Because I Ask You, Tell Me Your Story and She Wrote the Last Few Sermons of Been Very Convicting Says That When You Talk to Last Week and He Said Everyone Thinks They're Generous. I Knew in My Heart That I Was Not a Generous Person. All My Husband and I We Give Regularly to the Church and When You Went through the Steps about Giving the First and the Best in Systematically and Proportionally. We Do All That.
But I Knew at the Personal Level in My Heart There Still Existed. The Greed of a Child Looking at a Birthday Cake, Always Wanting the Biggest Piece and the Best One.
This Showed up Often Anytime.
Our Money Was at Risk, and Especially When People Showed up at My Door and Asked Me for Things It's, It's, like Unit Boxes. We Plan Generosity Give First Got That Done Then You Missed the Point. Generosity Is an Issue of the Heart Always Tied to Relationships and It's a Sense of How I Love People and so the Emails Is Pretty Long and She Goes on and Says Basically Lord, I Believe Now That You Really Do Own Everything and Even My Own, Personal Money and These People That Sorta Irritate Me When I Come to the Door and Want Me to Give Them Something and I Just Want You to Know That I Want to Learn to Become Generous, so She Actually Prays and Says Send Someone to My Door and I Want to Give to Them and so of Course God Answers Prayers Pretty Quickly and She Was at the Door Right in the Middle of Dinner and Had a Ministry Meeting That Night Had to Be There by 7 O'clock the Door Knocked and She Comes in Here. Someone from Teen Challenge Notes the Christian Group That Does Drug Rehab and and She Looked at Him and You Know Her Supper Is There.
Everybody's Eating. She's Gotta Go All the Things That Make You Want to Be What Non-Generous, and She Remembered Her Prayer She Listen to Their Story and Then Hope the Little Girl Said I Just Want to Thank You for Listening to Us No Select We Going Door-To-Door and Is Not Going Real Well and She Said Will Actually Your Answer to My Prayer. She Is Our Pastor Talking about Generosity and I Prayed, God Would Someone Someone to My Door Today That I Could Give Tucci Was I Gave to Her Juice While You Go on the Top of Our Minister Report and It Here's Here's What You Get That in the Email Says Joy Welled up in My Heart I Went Back I Had Only Five Minutes to Eat My Dinner.
I Ate My Dinner in Five Minutes Everyone Had Already Eaten There's I Was Going to Be a Little Late for the Meeting. I Was a Little Late for the Meeting but My Countenance, and My Heart and My Joy Who Showed up That Meeting Was a Different Person to See the Difference between Just Giving Your Money and Being Generous Know I Want You to See in the Christmas Story Is I Think God Introduces Us to the Magi.
They Know Him the Least, and They Get the Least Clear Revelation, but They Respond to What They Know but after the Respond to That. The Next Group Is the Shepherds and You Know the Story the Shepherds Right the Skylights up. It's a Chorus Coming There Singing Can Imagine.
I Mean, You're Just Sort of a Regular Guy You're out on the Job, but Your Turn of the Night Watch God.
Okay, You Know, It's Kind of Middle Lightning Will Write the Skylights up and There Singing about What's This about We Pick up the Story It Says When Angels Have Left Them and Wanted to Have in the Shepherds Said to One Another. Let's Go Leave Work.
Yeah, Let's Go Where to Bethlehem and See This Thing That Is Happening with the Lord Is Told Us about.
So They Hurried off, and He Found Mary and Joseph and the Baby Was Lying in the Manger.
And When They Had Seen Him They Didn't Just Worship by Giving Gifts As They Spread the Word concerning What a Been Told Them about This Child. The Shepherds Probably Didn't Have Anything to Give Then Having Money to Give Me These Are People There like Way below Are Welfare Me. They Just Had Subsistence Living.
They Can Get into Good Restaurants. They Smelled They Had a Bath Once Everyone Month You with a Need or Not. And God Chose to Reveal the Child to Them in the Notice.
They Got a Story Because They Went around and They Were the First Evangelist with the First People to Say the Messiah Has Come, and We've Seen Him and so the Magi Were Generous with Their Money and Their Hearts Were Open, but They Got a Star the Shepherds They Get an Angelic Choir with Clear Direction and They Hear from the Parents. This Is the Messiah and They Get the Privilege of Taking What They Had and Sharing It for the First Time in All the Earth, the Awaited God Man Who Would Come to Save the World. Shepherds Get to Give Their Time for Most of You, Not for All, but for Most of Your Times More Valuable Than Money. When We Talk about Generosity. Please Don't Think Writing a Check Is Good and Wonderful.
That Is, Is That My Question Would Be How Are You Doing in Your Growth of Generosity of Giving Your Time.
I Want You to Know Money Is the Training Wheels.
When You Begin to Say God I Want to Give You the Best of My Time. I Don't What That Looks like for You Is the Early Morning for Me. I Want to Give the Best of My Time and If You're like Me, You Can Get a Call from Someone and It Shows up on Your Phone and I Have about Three People in My Life When Their Name Comes up. It's like This Is Not a Short Conversation. It's Never a Short Conversation.
In Fact, It's a Conversation Where I Can Ask One or Two Questions in 45 Minutes Later on. I'm Not Sure If I Hung up, They Would Know It.
You Know What I Realize Is Jesus Loves Unlovely People. Jesus Made Time for People That Most of Us Don't Want to Make Time for and What I'm Really Saying See What Generosity Is.
It Breaks Your Pride, Generosity, Says This Person Were This Dysfunction with This Conversation with This Baggage Matters to God so They Matter to Me Because He Lives inside of Me and Getting My Money Is a Pretty High Control. I Can Do It on My Terms. I Give My Time, It Gets Messy. The Shepherds Left Work.
It's One Thing to Write a Check, but I Mean to Leave Work to Not Work so Much to Give Time to Family or a Friend or to Minister or to Open Your Home in a Small Group All I Have To Leave Work Early and Other People Get Ahead.
Why Fix Faith Doesn't Record Just to Talk More about Just Joining Us, You're Listening to Living on the Edge with Chip Ingram Chips Teaching Today Is from His Series Genius of Generosity As This Four-Part Series Unfolds Will Discover That Generosity Is Far More Than Just a Financial Issue. It's a Lifestyle and According to Jesus, It's the Smartest Way to Live, to Take a Closer Look at All of the Genius of Generosity Resources Go Online to LivingontheEdge.org and When You Do, You'll See Chips Amazing Little Book, the Genius of Generosity.
It's Only about 100 Pages with This Quick Read Will Profoundly Change the Way You View Everything God's Given You Including Your Life.
Once You Learn the Genius of Generosity.
You Look at Your Circumstances and People in a Whole New Way to Order a Copy for Yourself or If You'd like to Order More to Give As Gifts. Just Give Us a Call at 888-333-6003 Special Offers on the App or Go Online to LivingontheEdge.org. The Genius of Generosity. Check It out Today. In Today's Teaching I Made One Central Point God Does Not Measure Our Generosity by the Size of Our Gift, but by the Size of Our Sacrifice and I Talked about the Widows Might a Very Familiar Story, but What I Want You to Really Think and Ponder with Me Is That Finances Are the Training Wheels of Generosity When the God of Heaven Looks down from Heaven at My Life in Your Life and He's Evaluating Our Level of Generosity, He Goes so Far beyond Just Our Money and the Graduate Course in Generosity Is It's the Incarnation It's the Christmas Story and so You Know, As I Talked about the Magi Bring Their Money. The Shepherds Bring Their Time and Then in the Conclusion of This Message, You Learn That Joseph Will Give His Reputation That Mary Will Give Her Future That Jesus Will Give His Life and That the Father Will Actually Give His One and Only Son. And so What I Want You to Know Is That This Generosity Journey Is so Much More Than You Know What Percentage and Is It off the Groceries It off the Net and That God Wants Your Life to Be a Living Sacrifice. That's Generous and so If We Could Just Remove the Money Side. Although It's Very Important.
Are You Generous with Your Time.
Are You Generous with Your Reputation You Are You Generous or It Could God Do Whatever He Wants with Your Future. Do You Have Time for People. Are You off of the Treadmill of of Demand and Other People's Expectation and Having to Be in Control Is Your Life with Palms Open, Saying God I'm a Conduit of the Supernatural Grace That You've Given Me, and It's Your Time, and It's Your Reputation, and It's Your Future Entrusted to Me and It's All My Life and What I Want You to Know Is That When You Get on That Ladder of Generosity, Amazing Things Happen. Yes, the Price Tag Goes up, but What You See and What You Learned in the Conclusion of This Message Is That the Intimacy with God and the Impact of Your Life Exponentially Multiplies As You Learn to Be Generous with Far More Than Your Money. I Just Have To Tell You It's One of My Most Favorite Messages and You Really Need to See the Chart That I Made Him Go on the Website It's Living on the Edge.Oregon Work Says Message Notes Click and Download, Print out This Message and Just Look at the Picture and at the Bottom of the Picture. I Write Generosity Is to Love As Thunder Is to Lightning and I Just Want to Know That at the End of the Day It's Loving God and Loving People in the Way We Love God and Love People at the Heart of It Is Being Generous.
Ask God to Make You a Generous Person and Then Start Practicing with Your Time Today and Then Don't Miss the Conclusion This Broadcast Trip.
Just Mention the Message Notes and the Picture of That Ladder You Drew. It's an Amazing Way to View the Connection between God's Generosity and the Christmas Story of That Something You'd like to Take a Look at You'll Find Chips Message Notes on Our Website. Just Go to LivingontheEdge.org and Click the Broadcasts Tab on Our Homepage or Tap Fill in Notes on the Just before We Close.
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