The Love of God[psalm 112:5] Good will come to a man who lends generously and conducts his business fairly. [1 John 3:17] If anyone has this world’s goods and sees his brother in need but closes his eyes to his need—how can God’s love reside in him?
King David and King Jesus both made a point to mention the importance of being generous. It is a subject that Jesus talks about more than anything else, including salvation! Because He knew it would and could cost a person their salvation. He also said: [matthew 19:24] Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.
Giving until it hurts is a clear sign of being born again. IF you are born again your adopted father owns EVERYTHING! And He tells us in Matthew 6 He will supply all of our needs. So what would stop a born again believer from giving until it hurts? Nothing! The only thing that stops a person from giving is seeing through the eyes of a non-believer. A born again believer actually believes Gods promise to provide and His promise to open up the windows of Heaven for His obedient children. The scariest thing in American Christianity is what I call “easy believeism” defined as a person that thinks they are born again but has no evidence of being born again. I will say a prayer so I don’t go to hell and live like I want because of grace! This is a HUGE lie from the enemy. Jesus said come follow me and I will MAKE you a fisher of men. The rich young ruler walked away sad! Zacheus jumped around and freely gave everything away when he realized He had Jesus! So I ask you this question, does the love of God reside in you? All you have to do to answer this question is look at your bank statements.
[matthew 6:21] For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Where is your heart?