DCL 3.6 Instruction | Leadership and Generosity
Video Presentation: Todd Mullins, Lead Pastor, Christ Fellowship, Florida
The effective 360 Degree Leader is generous in attitude and action. In all of his relationships he models generosity.
In 2 Corinthians 9, Paul encouraged generosity among the Corinthians by bragging of the generosity of the poverty-stricken church in Macedonia. Paul’s words prove to us that generosity has nothing to do with any of the following:
- Feeling comfortable.
- Having abundance.
- Calculating what one can afford.
- Being pressured.
Stan Toler in his book, The Cycle of Victorious Giving, says, “There is a kind of giving that warms the heart as it relieves the burden of another, a giving that wells up inside like a spiritual fountain, refreshing the soul, and strengthening the faith. It is grace giving.”
Grace giving is giving out of a heart of gratitude for God’s faithfulness and love. It loves to give because God lovingly gave.
In Doug Carter’s book, Raising More Than Money, he explains that the pathway to generosity involves three levels:
1. Sons and daughters: When we receive forgiveness for our sins and are adopted into God’s family, we often show the characteristics of babies. We think first of ourselves and our needs.
2. Servants: As we feed on the word of God, we discover our call to servanthood. We encounter the “towel and basin” attitude of our Lord. We begin to invest time, talent and resources in serving others and meeting their needs.
3. Stewards: As we walk obediently with our Lord and discover the life of full surrender, we renounce self-centeredness, self-promotion and self-reliance. Our hearts and minds are captured by the most basic of all Biblical stewardship principles – God is the owner of everything. We own nothing! The wonderful privilege of partnership with God in His redemptive plan for a lost world energizes us.
Biblical Case Study: Boaz and Ruth (Ruth 2:8-4:10)
The Bible is filled with stories of generous leaders – leaders who understand that a candle loses nothing when it lights another. No one models this better than Boaz, who became Ruth’s husband. Boaz owned a large field, and like other landowners, employed reapers to gather his harvest. When the reapers were finished, the very poor were permitted to enter the field and take whatever leftovers they could find. Ruth was one of these less fortunate people.
Boaz demonstrated his generosity in several ways:
1. He was generous with his compassion.
2. He was generous with his compliments.
3. He was generous with his hospitality.
4. He was generous with his possessions.
5. He was generous with his kindness.
6. He was generous with his commitment.
7. He was generous with his time.
Before Boaz even suspected that Ruth might become his wife, he practiced generosity toward her.
You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. Leaders who fail to show generosity should ask themselves: Do I really love the people I lead? Jesus talked about this generous spirit when He said, “If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.” (Matthew 5:40-41)
- Can we have a right relationship with God while having a selfish attitude toward the time, abilities, possessions and relationships He has given to us?
Biblical Words of Wisdom: Solomon (Ecclesiastes: 11:1-9)
Solomon understood wise investing. In Ecclesiastes he counsels leaders to be generous, giving before they receive. Here are some truths about generosity, based on the words of Solomon:
1. Givers go first.
2. Givers receive a return.
3. The return may not be immediate.
4. Giving does not keep us from misfortune.
5. If you do not give, you cannot expect a return.
6. The return will be in proportion to your giving.
7. The motive for giving is love for God.
Some people seem to find joy in gathering wealth, others in accumulating the things money can buy, but the generous Christian steward finds the greatest joy in giving.
- Reflect on the following statement: “A rich person is not the one who has the most, but is the one who needs the least.”
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