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God Takes Stinginess or Generosity Personally with Randy Alcorn

FaithFi: Faith & Finance | May 15, 2024


Show Notes

We’d like to think that our actions are always pleasing to God and certainly don’t offend Him…but we also know that isn’t always true.

Christians are called to do good works so the world will see them and God will be glorified. So it shouldn’t surprise us that God takes stinginess and generosity personally. Randy Alcorn joins us today to discuss this.

Randy Alcorn is a New York Times bestselling author of over 60 books on Christian Living and the Founder and Director of Eternal Perspective Ministries. His ministry focuses on helping others use their time, money, possessions, and opportunities in ways that count for eternity.

Living The Good Life

What does it mean to be truly rich in our pursuit of a fulfilling life? The concept of being "rich toward God" is explored in the biblical narrative, emphasizing the importance of generosity and selflessness. This richness is not measured by accumulating wealth for personal gain but by giving lavishly to those in need, aligning with God's priorities rather than hoarding possessions.

The parable of the Rich Fool serves as a cautionary tale, illustrating the folly of materialism and selfishness. Despite worldly success, the rich fool is deemed a fool by God for prioritizing his desires over preparing for eternity and acknowledging God's sovereignty over his life and possessions.

The passage warns that materialism diminishes the true value of possessions and increases anxiety by focusing solely on self-preservation and indulgence. True joy and fulfillment, it suggests, come from selfless giving and serving others rather than selfish accumulation.

Contrary to the worldly view of the "good life," Christians are called to find abundance in knowing Jesus and living a life of purpose and generosity. This abundance extends beyond material wealth to encompass the spiritual richness of serving God and others.

Living the good life involves shifting priorities toward God's kingdom, sacrificial giving, and finding joy in serving others. It's about embracing a life of abundance through generosity and aligning one's life with God's purposes, finding fulfillment in possessions, relationships, and purposeful living.

Ultimately, the true richness of life lies in living for something greater than oneself, embracing a lifestyle of generosity and selflessness that reflects God's love and character.

On Today’s Program, Rob Answers Listener Questions:

  • After my husband passed away, I recently received a $126,000 inheritance. I wasn't sure what to do with the money, as I had some liquid savings, but I wanted advice. I planned to put some in savings, but my local bank offered a 7% interest rate on a 7-month CD, which seemed like a good option. I asked the host if he recommended putting all of it in the CD or if you had other advice.
  • What’s the best place to look into getting a high-yield savings account? I'd also like to know the interest on that savings account—if it's added monthly, and how that works. I just wanted to know where to look and how the interest works on a high-yield savings account.

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