“In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” ~ Acts 20:35

Abel's offering of his first fruits were most pleasing to God, Noah dedicated a great deal of his time and talents to the building of the ark, David gave the gift of music to soothe Saul’s distress, Mary gave her time and attention at the feet of Jesus...the bible is filled with example of faithful characters willing to give of themselves and the gifts that God had given them.

Guiding Questions

  1. God asks for our time, our talents, and possessions. Why are each of these offerings important in a faith life that seeks to be intentionally generous?
  2. What does it mean to be generous of spirit?
  3. We work hard, we earn a living. We put forth the effort, we reap the rewards. Yet, for whom does our qualities of hard work and effort come? What is our role in what we have? What is ours, and what is given to us by God?
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
— Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

Additional Resources

The Spiritual Gifts Assessment tool is a quick survey you can take to identify your spiritual gifts. After you have completed the survey, you will receive a document highlighting your spiritual gifts.

Heart, Spirit, and Mind: What is Generosity of Spirit?