By Timothy L. Smith
Among the central themes of the Bible are money and stewardship. And as we see again and again, the Bible is not simply a historic volume. It’s living and vibrant, and relevant to people’s lives.
In my career as a fundraiser, I’ve been exposed to generosity of the greatest magnitude. But I’ve also seen that generosity is not something limited to the wealthy. Some of the most generous people I know are those who give from their small portions. The Bible’s principles of stewardship are actually inspiring generous giving in our world today, among people at all income levels.
Let me show you how.
10 examples of generosity from the Bible
1. Generous people often give more than they are asked to give.
In Exodus 36:1-7, we see God’s people bringing more than enough to meet the need – to the point that Moses must tell them to stop! We don’t see too many campaigns today in which givers are asked to stop giving! But when it does happen, it’s a special moment.
Giving to a cause that makes you reach for your very best gift can bring some of the greatest fulfillment you’ll ever know! And, often, over-funding a project can create a broader impact. The project can accomplish more than it was originally designed to accomplish.
I worked on a project several years ago in response to a tsunami in Indonesia. People’s response was so great that we were able to establish long-term community development in that region of the world. Long after the disaster relief, we were still there, helping the people most affected.