The Obstacles to Generosity

Matthew 19:16-22

Probably the biggest temptation for us as Christians when it comes to money is the potential to turn it into an idol–Something we obsess over, something we can’t let go of, something that comes to take the place of God in our lives. That’s Jesus’ target in this passage–Not money itself, but its potential to become an idol. And, as with all our idols, Jesus seeks to free us from it.

If you’re looking to go deeper into our study of generosity, two of the resources I’ve used in preparation for this series might be helpful: The Bible Project podcast episode, “God and Money,” and the book by the guys whose story the podcast tells, God and Money by John Cortines and Gregory Baumer.