Maybe you know this already from personal experience, but people’s generosity has little to do with their degree of wealth. Social scientists confirm that there is no correlation between wealth and generosity. The rich people of this world are not usually the most generous people. Do you want to know who generous people are? They are generous. Generous people are generous. In my ministry, those who have contributed to the growth of my ministry were not the super-rich or most wealthy, but they are those who had the heart for the Lord.
I found out that “the willingness to share is one of the most valuable gifts that any person can have“.
Romans 12:6,8 “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. . . . If it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously”
We noticed something about our little daughter. At a very young age, she seems to want to grab anything closed to her and place it in her mouth. We struggled to take away any unwanted items from her hands. She would hold on to them with such a tight grip. This was where we learned that a child is not born to be generous. It dawned on us that generosity is a learned behaviour. You have to teach people to be generous.
Why is it so hard to part with what we have? Because we think it’s our money. Because we are afraid we won’t have enough for ourselves. Because we think other people’s problems are their problems. Because we are driven by our own agenda, not God’s. Because we think that sharing means we will have less.
None of these assumptions is true because all we have really belongs to God and we are just his managers or stockbrokers. Generous Christians move God to bless them more. The Bible promises that those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
Proverbs 11:25 “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed”
Go forth and prosper this season.
Father, I am blessed to be a blessing to the world. The Spirit in me causes me to reach out to the world. I have been called to a life of generosity in the name of Jesus. Amen.