Here are four steps toward becoming a better giver.
There are times when it just seems to strike me to do something for someone and so I often give spontaneously, without thinking about my own personal wants, desires, or financial needs. You cannot out-give God, so when you give spontaneously, you are showing God that you trust Him to provide for you. So give on impulse, but of course wisely, and with discernment, but never resist an impulse to be generous.
When they were describing the New Testament church and those who brought the gospel, they “dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too” (Acts 17:6). There was great resistance to the gospel, as there has always been, but what seemed radical to the world was right-side up for God. That’s because God’s ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8).
We don’t “accidentally” give of ourselves and our resources. We must be intentional, so look for opportunities to give on the spur of the moment and be intentional with what you give of your time, talents, and treasure. Jesus was intentional in giving His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45), so we too must be intentional in giving ourselves away and must look for opportunities to be generous because God was generous with us (John 3:16).
When King David was offered some animals to sacrifice at no cost, David said “No, but I will buy them for the full price. I will not take for the LORD what is yours, nor offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing” (1st Chron 21:24). It’s not really sacrificial if it doesn’t cost us something. David wanted to offer to the Lord something that was his, not from what others gave him, so be sacrificial in your giving and God will bless that.
If you want to be a better, more generous giver, remember to give spontaneously, to be radical in your giving, to be intentional and have purpose in giving, and to be sacrificial, because God’s love was more than generous. It was sacrificial.