Christmas is upon us! Some already have their trees up. A few may even have most of their shopping completed. Kids are counting the days until they can open gifts. It’s the one time of year where all are involved in some sort of giving and receiving. All of this is activity started because of the birthday of Jesus. Christmas is the result of God the Father’s generosity when He so loved the world that He gave His only Son.
Generosity is an impulse that invokes deep and vital healing in the human family. When we share our gifts with each other, whether they be gifts of love, time, attention, skills, or money there is a powerful release of positive change in both the giver and receiver.
Scripture is full of references that speak to a generous lifestyle:
- Go the second mile
- Give your coat also
- Make me a cake first
- The widow’s mite
- The churches in Macedonia that gave more than they could afford
Generosity is always about the heart. “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”, (Mark 6:21). We invest ourselves into the things and people who move our heart. So why is it so hard to have a generous heart at times? Some of our challenges might sound something like this:
- “If I give, I won’t have!”
- “They don’t deserve it.”
- “Someone else will take care of it.”
- “Not my calling!”
Generosity has more to do with the size of a person’s heart than the size of their bank account! Take for example what a young man, Jim Elliott, wrote in his senior yearbook: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim later was martyred as a missionary in Ecuador, ministering to the Huaorani people. Ultimately, the gospel came to these people as a result of his sacrifice.
Psalm 112:9 NLT
“They give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will never be forgotten. They will have influence and honor.”
Proverbs 11:25 NIV
“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
Hebrews 13:16 NLT
“Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are very pleasing to God.”
Generosity always has a recipient. The early pioneers were on the other side of the Native Americans generosity. The Huaorani people were recipients of the sacrifice Elliott made. Who could be waiting on our generosity? Maybe, this year our thanksgiving for all God has done for us should be expressed by giving freely without expectation of anything in return. Maybe, we could go the second mile to aid someone in need. Maybe, we could live by the concept that “open hearts will open hearts”! Maybe, we could be The Good Samaritan! Just a thought.
LINC Director of Operations