November 15, 2016

Generosity

Are you free from smallness of mind?

Are you free from worry about tomorrow?

Are you free from thinking about what you will eat, or what you will wear?

The one, whom the Lord has set free, is free indeed.

That woman is big-hearted, not just to those who give to her, for how easy is that?

Even evil people are able to give to those who give to them.

But the woman who has been born new is liberal in her giving, to the poor, and the beggar, and the husband, as well as to the one who is thankful, and the ones who are not, and all of that will not matter.

She's a giver.

Out of the abundance of what she is given, and has been given, she gives.

Will she be tempted to hoard?

Yes.

But she will overcome that and give, and not fear for her tomorrows to come, for she knows God.

She reaches her hand to the poor (Proverbs 31:20).

She stretches it out to make sure that they get what she is handing to them.

From the car window to the beggar, and to the "neighbor" in need, she gives, knowing the Lord will repay.

She will give sacrificially, with no thought of being repaid, for she gives to the poor who struggle.

Her heart is touched with their plight, and she is not deaf to their cries for help.

She is generous to the poor (Ephesians 4:28).

Are you?

Scripture tells us that those who have a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor (Proverbs 22:9), and the one who is gracious to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his good deed (Proverbs 19:17).

How is it possible to have eyes that see need, and then give bountifully?

How is one able to be gracious to those who have less in so many ways?

Only through being made new.

You can try to give, and be happy about it, and be generous, and you, at times, will succeed.

But to always give, and not hoard, and share of your abundance?

It is only possible in repentance of the sin of hating that neighbor, and that beggar, and God.

Until then, you will think, in the back of your mind, that it is not fair that you must share what is yours.

You will give grudgingly, and infrequently, and will rationalize your way out of giving if possible.

But the redeemed give so much that it is impossible to remember what has been given.

"But when you give to the needy, don't let your left hand know what your right hand does," (Matthew 6:3).

When you give, do you write it down, talk about it, keep track of it, or do you give, and keep on going, giving again, and again, and again? It will be one way or the other. Not both.

"Give and it shall be given to you. A good measure. Pressed down, and shaken together, and running over shall men give unto you. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." (Luke 6:38)

Do you believe it?

If so, then you will do it. You will BE generous. Generosity will be your lifestyle.

Is it yours?

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