I’m sorry, but this doesn’t address my post at all beyond an assumption that I mean generosity out of abundance when I say joyful, loving generosity. Is it your understanding that you can only be generous if you have abundance? If so, I challenge your understanding of generosity.See, I don't think so. And this then goes back to the widows mite. Having disregard for personal expenditure can develop a generosity out of abundance mentality. Yet, who did Jesus justify? Asceticism is the belief that our deeds make us more righteous; but we all know none of our acts can compare to that which is imputed freely by grace. But the Bible does beckon us to spiritual practices; and one who may be gifted in one area may not be in another, since in fact all graces are gifts. But there is no fault in seeking the best of graces, if God would impart them.
Frugality is one of the only ways to give sacrificially. Otherwise we only give in excess. My intent is not to convict people of indulgence, instead it is to have the greatest impact, thus the greatest stewardship of the finances allotted to me, in regards to Kingdom work.
When we die, we can take nothing with us. And the only treasure we will have in Heaven, apart from Jesus, are those treasures which we stored in Heaven while on Earth.
And as we see, those treasures are not measured by the amount; but are calculated by the heart of the giver.
Jesus clearly lays out the blueprint. On that Day, there are no do overs.
I find it concerning that you think “frugality“ is one of the only ways to give sacrificially. That’s an odd perspective that I don’t think can be Biblically substantiated at all. Generosity, to be true generosity, is inherently self-sacrificing. It sees all of its substance as that which is to be used in service to God and love to neighbor and so gives all it can of what it has to that end. Which is my point. Scrupulous (chicken vs beef), self denying frugality is the stuff of pietism. Using ones resources in service of an outward looking generosity will, of necessity, produce less self-service in use of those same possessions. Your order of priority is backwards. The cart before the horse, as it were.