Galatians 5:22-23a (NRSV). “Abundance” is the truth about life made known in the spirit or disposition of Jesus, the driving force of the church. So Paul says in these verses
that “generosity” is part of the “fruit” of the Spirit. It is impossible to turn on the lights of greater giving when the power is off…or low. Morale, or what the church calls Spirit, is
“the power that turns on the lights”–and the number one stewardship challenge!
Luke 12:13-21, 48. The parable of the rich fool is clear: life’s abundance does not consist in possessions. Those who “store up treasures for themselves” (v. 21) become victims of anxiety, always wondering if they have enough. Real security is found–and the true richness of life experienced–not in guarding what we have but in giving what we can. “Abundance” is not a private possession but a shared experience.
“But just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” – II Corinthians 8:7 (NIV)
2 Samuel 24:24. Knowing the quality of life made possible by the power of God, David is not about to give less than his best–something possible for all of us, and irrepressible when we know our own blessing. He is not about to make an offering to God that, in effect, costs him nothing.