A couple of Sundays ago, I challenged us to live generously on a daily basis. I will continue our generosity series on Sunday, June 25. This will be a meaningful service as we talk about generosity around the Lord’s Table. We will partake of Communion together, recognizing the most generous gift ever given – God’s gift of His only beloved Son (John 3:16). You don’t want to miss it!
Let me refresh your minds on a couple of thoughts from God’s Word.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 NLT
6 Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
The law of sowing and reaping is always in effect where God is concerned. And giving is a matter of the heart. Generosity does not always have to do with money; it’s a lifestyle mindset. If we are stingy, we will have a chintzy harvest in our lives. If we are generous, we will have a generous harvest. It’s all about our mindset. Once we get a glimpse of the vastness of our Father and the Kingdom of heaven, we will take on a Kingdom perspective as heirs of such. We will understand that because God is our Father, we have all we need, in every way, all the time. With such a mindset, we can then be generous to others.
Now back to our generosity challenge! I challenge each of us to consider a way we can be generous every day during this generosity series. Start by asking the Holy Spirit to show you ways in which your mindset needs to shift. Then as you proceed through your day, look for ways to be generous. There are some well-used ways we can do so: pay for the person’s food behind you in the drive-thru, tip your server WELL, pay for the table next to you at a restaurant. But what about generosity when it comes to forgiveness – notice the root word is give? How about giving five more minutes at work? Or doing just one more thing than you were asked? What about being generous in our homes with our spouses, our family members? Love gives the benefit of the doubt (1 Cor 13). How about our time? Our society is all about “me time”, but what if we were to share some of that precious commodity with others?
Making sense now that generosity most definitely includes money and material possessions, but it is certainly not limited to them? I’m looking forward to hearing how the generosity challenge impacts our lives. And I’m praying that you experience the joy of generosity; there’s nothing like it!
“Freely you have received; now freely give” (Matthew 10:8).