Open Hand not Closed Fist!

Proverbs 11:24 “One gives freely and yet grows richer.”

We are living in a culture that celebrates selfishness. There is a funny scene in a Simpsons clip where Homer has his two hands stuck in 2 different vending machines. Before an emergency worker cuts off his arms to get Homer out of this predicament, the worker asked Homer if he was still holding onto the Coke can and chocolate bar in the vending machine. The next scene is of Homer walking out of his workplace with his arms and hands intact. He was stuck because he was closed fisted but freedom came when he let go and became open handed.

The same can be said for us. Freedom comes when you live with an OPEN hand not a CLOSED fist. How we handle money and possessions says a lot about what is important to us and what we value. I’ve observed that nothing gets the emotions racing more than how money is handled. Maybe that’s why Jesus talked more about money than he did about prayer. 

Becoming open handed requires wisdom in financial matters which begins with an understanding that God is the owner of everything and we are stewards of what God owns. A steward is someone who manages the possessions and property of someone else. How we view God and our relationship with him will determine how we live our lives. God is a giver and we are stewards of what God gives. Because God is LOVE (1 Jn 4:8) love gives and shares of itself. God has given us his Son, gifts and ministries to the church and fulness of grace to us.

Generosity isn’t just an action of the hand but an attitude of the heart. 2 Cor 9:7 tells us that God loves a cheerful giver! I personally have never regretted giving generously to anyone when I see a need or prompted by the Holy Spirit. God always blesses me back when my giving is done with the right attitude. Generosity isn’t only about seeing a need in people’s lives & meeting it but about being a new creation in Christ Jesus. The old has gone and the new has come!

In Acts 4:32-37 (read it) the early church were discovering the power of being a new creation in Christ and celebrated their revelation by being generous with each other. I see a powerful pattern and progression of themes in this passage that we must reproduce by God’s Spirit in our churches today:

  1. Church was full of faith (v32)
  2. Church was unified (v32)
  3. Church was unselfish (v32)
  4. Church moved in grace and power (v33)
  5. Church was generous (v34)
  6. Church trusted their leaders (v35)
  7. Church highlighted great examples (v36-37)

Lead the Change!

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