Friday, November 11, 2011
What does it mean to be “obscenely generous?” I remember sitting in a money management workshop at church and hearing this phrase for the first time. Kind of catchy, I thought. But as I watch an increasing number of people engaging in the ministry of Surprised by Hope for the benefit of East African people, I begin to get a glimpse of what that phrase really means.
To acknowledge the tough American economy is tempting. We could say, “I barely have enough for my own family.” Instead these people are choosing to live the obscenely generous life. Their hearts are giving all they have so that others may have hope. Remembering that we live in a God’s economy and not the world’s economy makes all the difference. I teach East Africans that God’s economy is one of abundance not scarcity. God’s economy is counterintuitive. Give it all away and he’ll give you even more. What about you? Do you trust God enough to be obscenely generous?