Live large

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Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 2 Corinthians 9:6

Generosity is an attitude of the heart. It has nothing to do with how much one has to be generous with. A generous person is generous with whatever they have. It may not be money. It may be time, or talent, or connections, or attention, or kindness — or any number of things. I think it’s what Jesus meant when He said, “And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you” (Matthew 5:40-42). In other words, be generous, even with your enemies.

Follow me here, and understand: I’m not talking about what I know; I’m talking myself into what I don’t have, but know to be true.

I have a mentor (he passed away some time ago, but he still mentors me through my memories of him) who used to always say, “There’s more where that came from.” That’s the statement, not only of a generous man, but of a believing man.

The miser holds on tightly to what he has. If he gives anything, he gives sparingly, and because he can only therefore reap sparingly, he guarantees that his station in life remains the same. The one who gladly gives generously will reap generously and his situation will increase. There will be more to give, thus, “more where that came from.” This is not some sort of spiritual formula for success; it’s a fact of life. It’s the way things work.

The point is, we have a larger-than-life generous God who lavishes grace on us. He holds nothing back. “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things” (Romans 8:32)? Understanding this is the key to becoming a larger-than-life person. It comes from believing we have all the resources of God at our disposal. And not just believing it. More important than believing it — which anyone can do — the generous person acts on it. They are drawing on these resources. Even when they have nothing, they continue to believe they have everything in Christ. They are believing God and reaching out for what they need and using it. And the more they use, the more they will receive. It’s all about a living, active faith.

Move, move, move on it

Don’t be afraid of losing it

We won’t have it ’til we’re using it

Move on it, move on it

Move, move, move on it

Hear it and then be believing it

Use it and we’ll be receiving it

Move on it, move on it

Move on it!

from the song, “Move On It” by John Fischer

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7 Responses to Live large

  1. Mark D Seguin says:

    Great read!

  2. Ralph Gaily says:

    Smacks of the so called “prosperity doctrine”, which is very repulsive and money oriented, and all over the tv money grubbers. Sorry to read you’re on board with this falsehood John. Rethink it !

    • Wow Ralph, cut back on the caffeine some!

      I did not read anything here where John was grubbing for money.
      And, unlike the televangelists who preach the prosperity doctrine, John is not enjoying a lavishly luxurious lifestyle, either.

      If you’ve been reading The Catch for any length of time, you know John is struggling financially along with a lot of us. And that makes John a much more empathetic soul whose genuine concern is for people rather than for raking in the cash.
      John is the real deal – not the phony-baloney pimped-up clowns selling their wares on the idiot box like the money-changers did in Jerusalem’s Temple.

      I believe John is simply trying to remind and encourage us to be generous with whatever gifts God has blessed us with – talent, time, prayer and, yes, even money (if God has entrusted us with that sort of responsibility) – and to use those gifts toward whatever God has directed our hearts.
      The truth is, God gave us our gifts to pass along to others – not for wealth or fame or even a pat on the back, but as a simple gesture of responsive love to Him who has been more generous to us than we can ever comprehend.

      While John’s Scripture references above may be utilized, manipulated, and misinterpreted by the antichrists of TV land, he could have very well pointed us to the equally poignant Scriptures such as the Golden Rule as explained by Jesus in Matthew 7:12 or Luke 6:23-38, or our Lords teaching about the greatest gift one can give from John 15:13: “Greater love has no one than this, that one should lay down his life for his friends.”

      Please, Ralph, rethink what you wrote above and, perhaps, consider giving John the benefit of the doubt… along with an apology.

      Shalom, Perfect Peace be with you brother…

    • jwfisch says:

      Hi Ralph. You misunderstood me. I even anticipated the false teaching you’re referring to when I wrote, “This is not some sort of spiritual formula for success.” I merely exegeted the passage. Sow a little, you reap a little. Sow much, you reap much. It’s a fact of life. And Paul is teaching here about giving. None of this is about GETTING. It’s all about GIVING.

  3. Ralph Gaily says:

    I’ll stand on what I have said…. ,r

    • And that is your prerogative, sir.

      “If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you.”
      ~ Phil. 3:15

      “…what is really exciting to me is to see people with differing views come together and finally respect each other.”
      ― Fred Rogers

    • Tim Logan says:

      Ralph you are wrong and it takes a big man to admit when they are wrong I have been reading the catch for 13-14 years John is not nor ever has been about the prosperity gospel as you claim sorry you see it differently

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