Last week’s message was about the values God wants us to live by. I focused on integrity. Integrity is doing the right thing and living the right way [God’s way] when no one is looking. Integrity is about being truthful about myself and truthful to others. This week I want to talk about another value that I hope we live by. That value is generosity.
Webster says that being generous is to give freely. Giving freely isn’t always about giving money. We can be generous with our time, our talents, with our kindness, etc. What causes a person to be generous? I think it has to do with our heart, not this physical heart, but with what we know as our spiritual heart, our soul. When we have a heart that let’s God in, then His values, like generosity and other Godly values begin to be a part of our lives.
In chapter 8 of second Corinthians, Paul commends the churches in Macedonia for being generous. They were taking up offering to send to the poor church in Jerusalem. Here is an interesting thing though. The churches in Macedonia were poor too. Why were they willing to give even beyond what they could afford. They had generous hearts. They saw a need and they wanted to help.
How do we become generous with our lives? We do it the way the Macedonian churches did. Chapter 8, verse 5 says they first gave themselves to the Lord. Generosity in giving has nothing to do with our income or bank account. Remember the story of the widow in Luke 21? She gave all she had and Jesus praised her because she gave out of her little, while the others gave out of their wealth. He said she gave more than they did.
Generosity comes from the heart. We do not give in order to get, but the Bible promises that God will meet our needs. Remember the verse that says “Seek first the kingdom of God and everything you need will be given you? [Matthew 6: 33] The Bible says God loves a cheerful giver. I hope that generosity is one of the values you live by.
God Bless you all, Keep spurring, and see you Sunday.