Generosity is a godly character trait. God is generous and pleased when we follow Christ’s example.
Many people argue that generosity applies to the rich and privileged only. However, the Bible clearly states that generosity stems from the posture of our hearts, not the size of our bank accounts. God’s greatest act of generosity towards mankind was Jesus. Jesus who died on the cross withheld nothing from us. He became poor for our sake so that we may be enriched by Him (2 Corinthians 8:9). The world can have a glimpse of Christ’s glory when we mirror generosity towards one another.
How we bless others can be a catalyst for them to glorify and offer thanksgiving to God. God will enrich us to be generous in every way (2 Corinthians 9:10-15). He is pleased with us when we make sacrifices for generosity sake (Hebrews 13:16).
When we bless others, we also become recipients of God’s blessings (Psalms 37:25-26, 112:5, Proverbs 19:17, 22:9). We find favour in God when we give unconditionally without expecting anything in return. He remembers and rewards us in His perfect time and way (Luke 6:34-35, 38). God promises that the generous will have no lack. Conversely, our lack of generosity reflects a lack of God’s love in us (1 John 3:17). When we choose to turn a blind eye to those in need, we not only reap curses upon ourselves (Proverbs 28:27), we will also be ignored when we are in need (Proverbs 21:13). While God’s grace is still extended to us, may our hearts turn towards Him and not to our selfish gains (Psalms 119:36).
In the last days when most people are preoccupied with enriching themselves in wealth and influence, God is seeking His children who will model His generosity. Like the poor widow who gave two small copper coins (Luke 21:1-4), what we have to offer God may seem very little in comparison to others. However, our willingness and cheerful attitude in giving are far more valuable in God’s sight (2 Corinthians 9:7). Sacrificial giving demonstrates our level of faith in God.
Generosity can be shown in so many ways. We can give our finances, our resources, our time, our prayers or our friendship. May we glorify Jesus in our giving!