Do you still give what little you have to help somebody else? If you do, Congratulations! You’ve passed God’s test of generosity. It’s easy to give your time, energy or money when you have a lot to spare. But the true test of generosity comes when you don’t have a surplus.
Why does God test your generosity? Because you were made in his image, so if you’re going to become like Jesus, you need to learn how to be generous. If you don’t, you’ll never grow to maturity, and you will never have the blessing of God on your life.
How can you be generous when you’re stretched thin?
A good example for us is in 2 Corinthians 8. Paul says this about the churches in Macedonia: “Though they have been going through much trouble and hard times, they have mixed their wonderful joy with their deep poverty, and the result has been an overflow of giving to others” (2 Corinthians 8:2 LB). Joy and generosity always go together.
An acid test of how much you trust God is the way you handle your money, because it shows what’s important to you.