Since generosity doesn’t come naturally to human beings, we’re diving deeper to explore what being generous really means—and how it shapes the legacy we’re building. After all, we’re made in the image of the greatest giver the world has ever known. So, it only makes sense that we’re most like Him when we’re giving generously.
In an episode of Chris Brown’s True Stewardship, Chris challenged his listeners to answer five big questions on this topic. But why do these questions matter?
When you're wrapping up Baby Step 3 and moving through the rest of the Steps, you start asking different questions than you did when you were paying off debt—questions about biblical wealth and generosity. Your focus shifts from the here and now to what comes next. You’re in a different stage of life.
These five questions, which come from the last lesson of The Legacy Journey (a class specifically designed to deal with some of those questions about wealth and generosity), will help you start thinking about the next steps in your financial journey.
If you're having a little trouble getting started, we've got a few ideas to get the wheels turning.
1. What are some big things that God has given you?
Start by making a list. God has blessed us all in more ways than we could ever really put down on paper, so don’t limit yourself to the first few thoughts that come to mind. Challenge yourself to think outside of the box. If you get stuck, ask a mentor or close friend for their opinions and ideas.
2. How do those gifts affect your life each day?
It’s easy to lose sight of our blessings in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Maybe we get caught up in the comparison game or we simply start to take them for granted. Dedicate a specific amount of time to really slow down and see how the gifts you listed for question one impact your life on a daily basis.
3. How are you using those resources for God’s glory?
You’ve been blessed to be a blessing. God has placed you in a world full of needs, and He wants you to use His resources to meet them. Are you supporting a charity you really believe in? Are you helping to send kids on mission trips? If you aren’t at the stage where you can give financially, think of ways to donate your time or your skills. Jot down some ideas on how you can use what you’ve been given to invest in the lives of others.
4. What are future generations learning from your generosity?
We’re all leaving a legacy—for better or for worse. That’s why you have to be intentional about what you’re building. Think about what you’re teaching the next generation about generosity, especially inside your own family. A family constitution can really help with that. You can also think about generosity on a global scale. How can what you do change the world?
5. Why is it important to make sure your legacy outlives you?
We all want to be part of something bigger than ourselves. It’s human nature—and the way God wired us to live generationally. As you consider this question, think back to the story of David and Solomon in 1 Chronicles 22. David didn’t just prepare his son to build a temple for God. He also passed down the vision and wisdom—not to mention the wealth—necessary to get the job done. When thinking through your own legacy, consider the value of teaching vision and character in addition to leaving wealth and resources.
Related: What Legacy Are You Leaving?
If we’re only living for ourselves, we’re missing the point. As you tackle these tough questions, take your time. Remember, the goal is progress, not perfection. After all, as Chris said, “Generosity is an ethos, not an event.” But if you make generosity a habit, it will become a part of your character—and the legacy you leave behind.