In last week’s post, I talked about how we can easily have a bent toward wanting more and more stuff. Earthly possessions seem to have some sort of magnetic pull.
So, what’s the antidote? I think one of the primary antidotes is generosity.
In his second letter to the church at Corinth, Paul encourages the Corinthian believers to give generously toward a project they had apparently agreed to support a year before.
He tells them about the Macedonian church who gave out of “extreme poverty,” and “beyond their means.” He says that their giving is an “act of grace” and that they should excel in it. (2 Corinthians 8)
Then, in the next chapter, he says, “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
I think it’s safe to say that God wants us to be generous.
But why? Why does He want us to be generous?
Now, I’m not actually asking you to answer that question. Because, based on those last two verses, you might say that we should be generous because, if we are, God will give us more. Sowing and reaping, right? And that is true. But that shouldn’t be our primary motivation for being generous. No, we should be generous because being generous reflects the character of God.
Think about it. When Adam and Eve sinned – and the rest of mankind followed – God didn’t throw out mankind. He didn’t say, “Forget you, you bunch of no good rebels!”
He certainly could have done that, but that’s not what happened, is it? Instead, we read that famous verse, “For God so loved the world that…” what?
God generously gave us a Savior. We were dead and lost. We had no hope. We were rebellious. In many cases, we didn’t even want to be rescued. We were content to wallow in our sin.
If God hadn’t stepped in, we were doomed. But He did step in. He gave.
He gave us life and forgiveness and peace and health and comfort and reconciliation and joy and grace and mercy.
He gave. Out of the generosity of His heart, He gave.
Because it’s a part of who God is. And since we’re made in His image – it should be a part of who we are.