John Owen: No comparison

For Owen, any giving on our part represents our response to the realization that what we have in Christ Jesus is beyond all comparison. I wonder if the lack of generosity in our day is rooted in the misguided notion that we have tried to make generosity a response to our efforts (preaching, letters, etc.) rather than a response to …

Robert Schnase: Extravagant generosity

God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them. —Hebrews 6:10 “People who practice extravagant generosity change their lives in order to become more generous. They become rich in giving. They do not wait to be asked. When they see a …

Bruce Barkhauer: Unencumbered

Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21 “Our entire Western economy is based on consumption. One cannot be a successful consumer without adequate resources. When we couple this notion with the …

Gregory the Great: Eat this book, be filled, and give forth

“No one in creation is rich but he that fears God; no one is truly poor but he that lacks the truth. How needy is he, and not rich, whose need witnesses against him that even from the abject and the beggars he needs to receive a gift. He is truly a bondman, and many are his masters: he renders …

John of Damascus: The inexhaustible grace of God the Giver

“Through the Holy Scriptures we are trained to action that is pleasing to God, and untroubled contemplation. For in these we find both exhortation to every virtue and dissuasion from every vice. If, therefore, we are lovers of learning, we shall also be learned in many things. For by care and toil and the grace of God the Giver, all …

Ephraim the Syrian: The rich are those that fear God

“No one in creation is rich but he that fears God; no one is truly poor but he that lacks the truth. How needy is he, and not rich, whose need witnesses against him that even from the abject and the beggars he needs to receive a gift. He is truly a bondman, and many are his masters: he renders …

Facing the Great Appraiser

Do you ever find yourself chewing on something the preacher said on Sunday? Well, I’ve been chewing for a few days now. He was teaching from the passage about the sheep and the goats (Matthew 25:31f.) He did a good job explaining it and concluded with an Antiques Road Show illustration about a guy who bought some rhino horn vases …

Leo the Great: Scatter what you may gather

“Be steadfast, Christian giver. Give what you may receive, sow what you may reap, scatter what you may gather. Fear not to spend, sigh not over the doubtfulness of the gain. Your substance grows when it is wisely dispensed. Set your heart on the profits due to mercy, and traffic in eternal gains. Your Recompenser wishes you to be munificent, …

John Cassian: The perfect abnegation of Christ

“How we should understand these words: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” [Acts 20:35] And he says that this is a command of the Lord: “For He Himself,” namely the Lord Jesus, “said it is more blessed to give than to receive.” That is, the bounty of the giver is more blessed than the need of the …

Ambrose of Milan: Affection of the Heart

“God demands the affection of the heart, which is in our own power … For what would the giving of one’s whole property benefit without charity? There are some who aim at the credit of generosity for pride alone, because they wish thereby to gain the good opinion of the multitude for leaving nothing to themselves; but whilst they are …