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Give Away: The Disciplines of Simplicity and Generosity

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Materialism is the god of American culture. Every day millions sacrifice their children to the god of more: striving to give them more riches, more pleasure, more experiences then they grew up with. In the end we create little worshippers of me who do not seek the God of the Bible, but a God who gives them everything they want and desire.
No wonder when they meet the God of scripture, many simply walk away or find a God who calls us to simplicity and generosity to be unimpressive or too demanding. Or why they walk away from the church in search of something that will entertain them, tickling their ears and soothing the need for more.
This is the cancer of American society and American Christianity. We need more, more, more, and when we can’t find it we go searching somewhere else.
This is why men leave their wives in search of excitement with another woman.
It’s why children leave the church in search of more entertainment.
It’s why people work themselves to death to escape a childhood of poverty.
it’s why young adults mortgage their future for a degree that may or may not lead to a better job.
But Christianity isn’t supposed to be like this. Christianity isn’t about seeking more, it’s about seeking the best. The one who is all we ever need.
So what is the answer to materialism and the quest for more.
Well in Matthew 6, Jesus gives us a simple prescription:
Matthew 6:19–21 CSB
“Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Jesus calls us to a life of simplicity and generosity and he himself modeled this type of life.

Simplicity and Generosity Free me from Bondage to Materialism (v.19, 21)

Simplicity and Generosity Equips me for the Calling to Love (v. 21)

Simplicity and Generosity Train my eyes to see Need (v. 22)

Simplicity and Generosity Prepare me for the Bliss of Heaven (v. 20)

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