English Sermon (11/22/20) – DNA of a Disciple – #5: Charitable to Extravagant (2 Corinthians 9:6-15)
A significant proportion of Jesus’ teachings in the Bible had to do with money – 11 out of 39 parables were about money! Jesus knew that money has a grip on our hearts. Many Americans believe that they are generous because they give money from their pockets each year, but being generous does not just mean giving because there is a difference between charitable giving (out of excess and convenience) and extravagant giving (irrational and a sacrifice). Extravagant giving is not just about your wallet, but about your mindset. With God’s provision and supplication, we decide if we want to have a mindset of scarcity or abundance. Will you consume what God has given to you and give in excess or will you first set aside a portion first that God can multiply for others and use what is left? To go from being charitable to extravagant in radical generosity [journey], we give for the benefit of others and God’s glory [action] because when we give extravagantly, God multiplies abundantly [mantra].