I came across this video from Pastor Steven Furtick today on twitter and it reminded me of a teaching we did earlier this year in which we said that “Generosity opens the door for God’s presence in our lives.” We also said that an open hand is indicative of an open heart. (You can check that teaching from our “Less is More” series here.)
99% of us don’t have an abundance of extra money laying around. Most of us are doing well if we can pay our bills and stay out of debt. So when things get tight, we tend to close our hands tightly around what we’ve got. But the potentially unsettling truth is that those who open their hands are the same ones that God tends to pour into.
Generosity is hard. In fact it’s one of the hardest things about following Jesus for me personally. But I’ve grown to understand that my heart and my wallet are so incredibly connected. I wish it wasn’t true, but it is. When I’m sensitive to God’s heart, I tend to be more generous. When I’m generous, I tend to be more sensitive to God’s heart. The reverse of that is true as well. When I’m not sensitive to God’s heart, I tend to be holding on tight to my wallet. And when I’m holding on tightly to my wallet, I’m not really sensing or experiencing God’s heart.
Here’s a crazy thought: What if the distance you feel from God is directly related to your level of generosity?