A Culture of Generosity Toward His Mission
When our greatest joy is in loving God, by laying aside the weight of self-preoccupation, by denying ourselves, looking unto Jesus who is our Life and giving life to others by serving them, then we will begin living life abundantly.
1. Worship God
2. Love Others
3. Serve God
4. Invite Others
3 most IMPORTANT WORDS:
Time, talents, treasures
Jesus teaches so much about being generous to others.
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Treasure decisions precede the heart's location and devotion. (Where and Why)
David Carroll (Memphis Wednesday)
"I wish to give while my hands are warm."
"I've never missed anything I've given away."
"I wish to be giving while I'm living, so I will be knowing where it is going."
• Am I outward focused and inward focused as
Faithful with what you have precedes generosity with what you will have.
"He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much."
• Greed is a heart disease
• Generosity is heart transformation
I. We Must Deal With Narcissism
The temptation "to be"
The term narcissism originated with Narcissus in Greek mythology who fell in love with his own image in a pool of water.
Defined - inordinate fascination of oneself; expressive self-love, vanity. It's self-centeredness, smugness, egotism, pride.
Narcissism must be viewed in light of this life and the life to come, eternity.
"Do not be afraid when one becomes rich, When the glory of his house is increased; For when he dies he shall carry nothing away; His glory shall not descend after him. Though while he lives he blesses himself (For men will praise you when you do well for yours ...
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