WHAT DOES GENEROSITY LOOK LIKE?
The prominent school of thought looks something like this: Generosity is measured in dollars. Therefore, those with the most dollars have the opportunity and ability to be generous. Meanwhile, those with the least dollars have neither an opportunity nor ability to be generous.
We see things differently. At Mission we believe that generosity is measured by magnitude of sacrifice, not dollars. We believe it is completely possible to be radically generous with little and not very generous with much. Therefore, we believe that being radically generous means sacrificing disproportionately back to God, regardless of income, and that all followers of Christ are called to be generous with God’s provision.
Our thoughts on generosity are summed up well in this passage from the gospel of Luke:
WHY DO I GIVE TO MISSION?
That is a great (and fair) question for you to ask! Here are the reasons we believe to be most true of giving at Mission:
We are investors, not tax payers.
Giving at Mission makes you a co-investor in this crazy God given dream we have of redefining church in The 10. We don’t collect dues. We collect investments in the advancement of the kingdom of God in The 10.
We believe that God already provided generously to us; therefore, we honor God by giving back a fraction of what He has provided to us so that His kingdom may advance.
James 1:17 states: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
We believe that giving is what God wants FOR us.
Time after time again in the Bible, God reminds His people that He is aware that our hearts are tied to our wallets. Unfortunately, we are all busted! Fortunately for us, however, God’s plan is to grow us closer to Him and in faith as we increasingly trust and surrender our possessions to Him.
Luke 6:38 has this to say: “give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Proverbs 11: 24-25 further states: “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”