As I walked away I was encouraged. I also felt uplifted, joyful and affirmed, along with a great sense of belonging and support. All that came from someone I had just met. They did not know me nor had we shared any experiences but their simple act of generosity unleashed a great power of blessing upon me. Generosity is an amazing power; not just to for those who receive the generous act, but for the one being generous. As that someone blessed me, I noticed a great sense of quiet joy come across his face in a slight grin. A twinkle appeared in his eye as he made the choice to release this impactful force of generosity. He even expressed an appreciation to have such an opportunity, saying it was his pleasure!
Generosity has amazing power. I’m sure you have experienced the receiving, or giving, or observing of the powerful acts of people being generous; a random act of kindness, a thoughtful gift, an anonymous need met, a friend’s sacrifice of time, a parent’s selfless love, a stranger’s kind words. We as people are at our best when we are generous. Generosity also has the ability to help us not be so materialistic or move down that dark path entitlement. The Bible encourages us to be generous.
Luke 6:30-31 30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
Psalm 112:5 It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.
Proverbs 11:24-25 24 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. 25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.
Generosity has amazing power! Our call as people is to seek to be generous like God.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
Now this all sounds great to the rich or those who have extra, but what about the rest of us who are just getting by? Well, the reality is our generous God has given us so much. He has given us freedom from sin.
Romans 6:6 We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
That is amazing. Read Romans 6:6-11 to further soak in the generous way God has provided for us salvation from sin. God also generously given us belonging.
Ephesians 1:5 He (God) predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will,
God generously chose us to be part of His forever family. See Ephesians 1:4-10 to be even further blown away at God’s generosity. Oh, and there is so much more that God has generously lavished upon us! Why would we not what to be generous?
Why not add to your New Year’s resolution to be generous this year. You could release an amazing power that will be life changing for you and others!
Church is a great place to learn and grow in understanding of God’s generosity. If you do not have a church you regularly attend, I would like to invite you to ours. Our website has information about our various campuses. We would love to connect with you and explore generous living with you. Here is our website, www.cypresschurch.net .
Seeking to tap into the great power of generosity with you,