I’m Daniel Whyte III and you’re listening to The Man in the Mirror, Episode 82
This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.
Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”
Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”
In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we are looking at the quality of Generosity, Part 2 from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.
Treasures in Heaven
The promise of treasures in heaven was given to the rich young ruler if he would exercise generosity. “Go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me” (Mark 10:21).
Victory Over the “Root of Evil”
Generosity breaks the bondage of greed and overcomes the love of money. The love of money gives us the illusion that our lives are made up of the things that we possess. It also makes us idolaters when we expect from money what only God can provide.
Escape From Lusts and Sorrows
Those who desire to be rich “fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts…. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (I Timothy 6:9–10).
Personal Evaluation: How Generous Are You?
Do you see God as the Provider of all wealth?
Do you view yourself as a steward of God’s resources?
Have you dedicated all your resources to God?
Do you honor God with a generous portion of all your (His) increase?
Are you living as frugally as you can so you have more to reinvest?
Do you distribute to the needs of fellow believers when you know about them?
When you give, do you base it on what you can afford or on what God can provide through you?
Have you rejected the goal of being rich in money, but made it your goal to be rich in good works?
How often have you sacrificed things you wanted in order to give to the needs of others?
Begin to Demonstrate Generosity
Dedicate Resources to God
The first step toward generosity is to dedicate all our resources to God, including our money, time, possessions, and strength.
Practice Personal Frugality
Based on the requirements of stewardship, we must spend as little as possible on ourselves so that we can have as much as possible to reinvest in ways that will bring multiplied returns.
Give as God Directs
The goal of generosity is to demonstrate the love of God so that others will be drawn to Him. When a person in need receives an anonymous gift that meets the need, God is glorified and the giver is in line for eternal rewards.
If we give with the motivation of public praise, we receive the praise of people, but lose out on the greater rewards that come from God. “But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly”.
Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.
John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that -whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
God bless you.