Is it necessary? Is it useful? Does it bring joy to you? Those are questions we ask to determine what we hold on to: stuff (materials goods), relationships, and even memories. We naturally want to protect those things that bring us the most joy. We should want to preserve them and share them. Most of all, we want to experience them, because they bring delight.
From God’s viewpoint, everything He created including you and me bring Him great joy. You can find assurance in knowing that God wants to preserve and protect us.
When considering and evaluating and self-reflecting on our generosity (or lack thereof), if we start from a place of guilt and obligation, it is unlikely we will find joy and gratitude.
Rather than starting with ourselves, let’s start by looking at God. Being a faithful steward and generous disciple is a response to God and what He has done, rather than serving to get a reaction from God. God has already blessed, already provided.
The Good News of the Gospel is not “do this” or “do that.” Instead, because of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection we no longer NEED to think or act in certain patterns. We GET to live in light of what is now true of us. The Gospel is truly Good News for EVERY area of our lives today, not just good news about the future after we die.