Here’s my point. A stingy sower will reap a meager harvest, but the one who sows from a generous spirit will reap an abundant harvest. Let giving flow from your heart, not from a sense of religious duty. Let it spring up freely from the joy of giving—all because God loves hilarious generosity! Yes, God is more than ready to overwhelm you with every form of grace, so that you will have more than enough of everything—every moment and in every way. He will make you overflow with abundance in every good thing you do. [2 Corinthians 9:6-8]
Generosity is such an important part of God’s heart and His kingdom. In this passage, Paul writes to the Corinthians about the importance of being a cheerful giver. As we give things away, God is always faithful to give and replenish us much more than what we have given. This isn’t always easy to believe as it is very counter cultural. Our culture tells us to get all we can and hold on to it tightly. The Bible tells us to give and give and give and to do cheerfully. The passion translation even calls it “hilarious” meaning that it’s laughable that a person could actually give this much.
The obvious way that we as Christians can be generous is with our money. Our finances can be one of the hardest parts of our life to trust God with. I get it. It’s scary. We know that God cares about our hearts and our relationships, it may be hard to think that he cares about our financial lives. But the truth is He does. He is provider. He knows exactly what we need, and He knows how to take care of us. Once we let this truth sink deep down, it is so much easier to be generous because we trust that God will always replenish what we choose to give a way.
Another big way God calls us to be generous is with our time. What does it look like to be generous with our time? That’s a good question. I think it can look different for everyone, and it can even look different day-to-day for each of us. It could be choosing to help a friend move or pack up their car when you would really rather watch Netflix. It could be when you choose to sit and listen to a friend you know it having a hard time rather than just send a quick text and immediately moving on with your day. The truth is that being generous with your time doesn’t have to look a certain way, but I think that God gives us opportunities every single day where we can give our times to others. We just have to choose to say yes.
The last way we can be generous is by giving ourselves. This is probably the least obvious way to be generous, but I have learned that when we actually choose to show up for the people around us and be who God created us to be, it can really be a gift. What are the good things God has put inside of you? What are the gifts He has given you? Those are the things you have to give to the people around you. Be generous with them. As we do all of these things, I really believe that God will bless us tenfold. It is important to remember that generosity is a heart posture, and it can take some time to get there. I would encourage you to start small. Take a step toward generosity today, then take a bigger one tomorrow. Slowly but surely you will find yourself as a picture of the cheerful giver that Paul was describing.
God, I thank You that You are so generous, and You always know what I need. I ask that You would show me how and guide me into generosity today whether it be money, time or simply the gift of my presence. Amen.