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Generosity and Joy

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June 7, 2022 8:00 pm

Generosity and Joy

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June 7, 2022 8:00 pm

Researchers tell us there’s a link between generosity and joy: those who give their money and time to others are happier than those who don’t. This has led one psychologist to conclude, “Let’s stop thinking about giving as a moral obligation, and start thinking of it as a source of pleasure.”

While giving can make us happy, I question whether happiness should be the goal of our giving. If we’re only generous to people or causes that make us feel good, what about the more difficult or mundane needs requiring our support?

Scripture links generosity with joy too, but on a different basis. After giving his own wealth toward building the temple, King David invited the Israelites to also donate (1 Chronicles 29:1–5). The people responded generously, giving gold, silver and precious stones joyously (vv. 6–8). But notice what their joy was over: “The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord” (v. 9, italics added). Scripture never tells us to give because it will make us happy, but to give willingly and wholeheartedly to meet a need. Joy often follows.

As missionaries know, it can be easier to raise funds for evangelism than for administration because Christians like the feeling of funding frontline work. Let’s be generous toward other needs as well. After all, Jesus freely gave Himself to meet our needs (2 Corinthians 8:9).

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So the choice researchers tell us there is a link between generosity and joy.

Those who give their money and time to others a happier than those who don't. This is led one psychologist to conclude let's stop thinking of giving is a moral obligation and start thinking of it as a source of pleasure while giving can make us happy. I question whether happiness should be the goal without giving if we were only generous to people courses that make us feel good. What about the more difficult or Monday needs requiring all support Scripture links generosity with joy to a different basis, after giving his own wealth toward building the temple in first Chronicles chapter 29, King David invited the Israelites to also donate the people responded generously giving gold silver and precious stones joyously but notice what they enjoyed was over the people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord Scripture tells us to give because it will make us happy, but to give willingly and wholeheartedly to meet a need joy often follows as missionaries know it can be easier to raise funds for evangelism than for administration because believers in Jesus like the feeling of funding frontline work to be generous toward other needs as well. After all, Jesus freely gave himself to meet elevates today's Scripture reading is from first Chronicles chapter 29. This is 129, then King David said to the whole assembly, my son Solomon, the one whom God has chosen is young and inexperienced.

The task is great because this palatial structure is not for man, but for the Lord God with all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God gold for the gold work silver for the silver bones for the bones iron for the iron and wood for the wood as well as onyx for the settings turquoise stones of various colors and all kinds of fine stone and marble.

All of these in large quantities.

Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God over and above everything.

I have provided for this holy temple 3000 talents of gold gold offer and 7000 talents of refined silver for the overlaying of the walls of the buildings for the gold work in the civil work and full work to be done by the Crossman now who is willing to consecrate themselves to the Lord today and the leaders of families. The offices of the tribes of Israel. The commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds and the officials in charge of the Kings work gave willingly. They gave toward the work on the temple of God 5000 talents and 10,000 derricks of gold, 10,000 talents of silver 18,000 talents of bronze and 100,000 tons of iron. Anyone who had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the temple of the Lord in the custody of child aggression not the people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David, the king also rejoiced greatly that spray together, Lord, we know that all true joy in life is hosting you and we know that the joy that we get from giving is only because you are generous and you love to give to us. Would you give us hearts that long to be generous today to those people who are around us and even towards those needs that just feel difficult or just plain ordinary Lord what you teach us about your kind of generosity.

We pray this in Jesus name, amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries


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