My father grew up in the abject poverty widespread in southern Europe between the two world wars, yet he was a very generous man. I don’t know how many times I heard him say, “When we die, we’ll take with us only what we brought with us when we were born.”
Later on when I began to study Hebrew (one of the original languages of the Bible), I learned that the verb “to have”–a phrase used frequently in our conversations today–has no direct equivalent in Hebrew. There are a few constructions that help express a temporary possession of things but not in the way in which we use the verb “to have.”
This teaches me that according to the Bible we can never truly possess things in this world. In fact, all that we own on this earth is temporary and borrowed from the Creator. Life and everything else is given to us on loan. Hence, the Bible writers call us to be generous.
The giver is blessed as much as the receiver. Every time we help a needy person, we also help ourselves.
Gospel Outreach exists today because, from its beginning, the Lord’s Spirit has moved hundreds, even thousands, of persons like you to be generous. This practice of generosity has made a profound difference in the lives of many who thus have come to experience God’s saving grace and cherish the promise of His return.
But this is not all. The giver is blessed as much as the receiver. Every time we help a needy person, we also help ourselves. Proverbs 11:25 says, “A generous person will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” Please be generous as you send your donations to support Gospel Outreach’s ministry!