“I wish I could afford to be generous.” Ever heard anyone say that or perhaps you’ve even said it yourself? It’s easy to think of generosity as being the overflow of a buoyant bank account. But the Bible makes clear that generosity is not just for the well-off but for every faithful disciple of Christ. True generosity is sharing yourself as well as your resources in response to God’s great generosity to us. It is measured not by how much we have but how sacrificially we are willing to share out of what God has graciously provided us.
Want an example of generosity? Here is what the Apostle Paul held up as a model for the Corinthian Church and for us as well. “And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God's will.” (2 Corinthians 8:1-5).
God is calling us as a fellowship of believers at Trinity to an even greater generosity so that we can see God’s mission through us truly fulfilled. “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Cor. 9:6-8).
We believe that God is calling us as church to reach out in fresh new ways and to follow in obedience as He leads and empowers us.
Our call by God to grow and serve means a call to become a generous people as well. Generosity for each of us personally and corporately involves not only the use of our financial or material possessions (treasure), but equally our time and God-given talents to reach out in love to share the gospel and meet needs in our community.
The core values of faithful stewardship and contagious generosity energize and enable the outworking of our mission and reaching of our vision goals.
In the coming months we will seek to explore and unpack what becoming a generous family of believers looks like and acts like. We will be looking at biblical models and principles in the Trinity newsletter as well as hearing faith in action stories during worship times from Trinity members sharing what Trinity means to them and why they support it.
So be listening for the upcoming faith stories; be asking God what generosity should look like in your life, and join us on our journey this year in responding to God’s call to become generous and faithful stewards to fulfill our mission.