And the Lord God commanded the [Adam], “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
From the first moments of creation, there was a very simple plan: God is the Provider.
It couldn’t have been more clear to Adam and Eve. God placed them in the Garden and said, “Here is your home, a place made specifically for you, a place filled with everything you need to survive, where you’ll never want for anything.” Their physical needs were met during the day and their spiritual needs were met in the evening. God was willingly providing EVERYTHING they could possibly need.
But they wanted just a little bit more. And that’s when things got ugly…
They wanted just a little bit more of the fruit they couldn’t eat…just for some more wisdom. But ended up throwing away the very future they’d been promised.
From the beginning, God has been the Provider and we have been the Receivers. Everything should be so very simple…and so very perfect. But when we want just a little bit more, things always turn ugly.
- When we want just a little bit more stuff…we swipe our credit cards and promise to work it off later. But later doesn’t always come.
- When we want just a little bit more acceptance…we stretch our principles and values to fit in. But those kinds of friends never stick around.
- When we want just a little bit more money…we lie, cheat and backstab our way to a promotion. But eventually, our character is always revealed.
- When we want just a little bit more passion…we turn to the temporary excitement of an affair. But quickly discover that sex never equals love.
When we want just a little bit more, NOTHING will ever be enough.
1 Timothy 6:6-10
Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Generosity breeds contentment. Greed spawns stress.
Generosity gives. Greed takes.
Generosity blesses. Greed hoards.
Generosity is selfless. Greed is selfish.
Generosity is godliness in practice. Greed is Satan in action.
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. People curse the one who hoards grain, but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell. (Proverbs 11:24-26)
Normal people value THINGS over PEOPLE. But weird people value GENEROSITY over GREED.
Be weird… Be an alien in a foreign land… Be in the world but not of the world…
Be generous in a greedy world.