However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. - Ephesians 4: 7
When I asked my husband “So, why do you think Christians are called to be generous?” He shrugged and said “Well, that’s because Jesus was generous, and we are all called to live like Jesus did.” At this point I almost want to say, “That’s a wrap,” because isn’t that just the most accurate summary?
Jesus came down to live amongst us and was crucified for our sins. That is the epitome of generosity. To lay down His own life for someone so undeserving like myself.
Because He loves me.
1. We are the body of Christ.
Then He ascended to Heaven and left us with special gifts (Ephesians 4:7-8) and He calls us to use those gifts to build his church, the body of Christ.
Casting Crowns’ song “If We Are the Body” rings true in so many ways today:
But if we are the body Why aren't His arms reaching? Why aren't His hands healing? Why aren't His words teaching? And if we are the body Why aren't His feet going? Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
As the body of Christ, we should be using our time, talent, and treasure to reach out to others and to build His church.
Go pray with someone, send a message of encouragement, take a prepared meal to a family that is dealing with a crisis, do a new mom’s washing or dishes. There are plenty opportunities during the day to show small bits of generosity to others. 2. Time
Being generous with your time is probably one of the biggest gifts you can give someone. Busyness has become a modern-day epidemic. We no longer have time to really connect and reach out to one another.
However, I can testify to the fact that if you do God’s work first, somehow everything else just seem to fall in place!
3. Do good, feel good.
Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. - Isaiah 58:10
A few days ago a friend stopped by to discuss ways in which she and a group of friends can reach out and help a woman whose little girl is very ill. During her visit she tells me about everything she currently battles with in her own life.
I was amazed that, with everything going on in her life, she still has the energy and time to reach out to someone else.
It is known that helping others, make you feel good about yourself. It helps to focus your attention away from your own situation.
By being generous and helping others, “your light will shine out from the darkness,” bringing light and healing not only to those around you but also in your own life.
4. Treasure: everything we have belongs to the Lord anyway.
“Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense his own already …”
- CS Lewis
5. All out of love
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. - 1 Corinthians 13:13
When you love someone, you want to do things for that person. You are generous with your gifts and you want to spend time together.
Generosity born out of love is no effort at all, if we can learn to love one another like Jesus loves us.
1. In which area of your life (time, talent, or treasure) are you lacking in generosity? Identify ways in which you can be more generous.
2. Is there someone in your life that you don’t particularly feel generous towards? Ask the Lord to help you identify that person and focus on being generous towards him/her.
Dear Lord, thank You for the gifts and blessings that You bestow upon us. Guide us, Lord, to be wise and generous with what You entrusted us with.