Mark 10:21-22 (ESV)
21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Being a generous person starts with us letting go of money as our Master. While money can do many things and serve many purposes, it should not fill the role of being master of our lives – that place should be kept only for Jesus!
We’ve probably seen a swinging trapeze act in a circus (or on Facebook or on YouTube). As the trapeze artist swings on one of the bars, the goal is to eventually let go of that bar in order to grab a hold of the other trapeze bar. It is impossible to be on both trapeze bars at once. The same applies when it comes to serving Jesus as master. Money and Jesus cannot both be your master because it is impossible to serve two masters at the same time.
With Jesus as our master, we are free to tithe and to bless others with our money because our heart is not tied to it. If money is our master, then we will feel like a slave to it, we will strive to get more of it, and when we have it we won’t want to let it go.
If we want to live generously then we need to evaluate who or what is the master of our lives. We can live generous lives for the glory of God only with Jesus as our master.
Listen to God and allow Him to direct your finances. If you are blessed with a job and are earning money, then a great place to start is by tithing on a Sunday!
Dear Lord, help us to give back to You the part that is Yours. Help us be thankful with what You have given to us and to be generous with it. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.