Do you consider yourself to be a generous person? Some may be saying – “I’d give, if I could, but things are tight right now!” And, it looks like if you haven’t had to “tighten your belt” yet, it’s just a matter of time. But, we don’t have to be “rich” to be generous. There are many ways to share our blessings.
First, we can give our time. Helping those who are in need by running an errand, taking them supper, or just listening on a phone call can do so much to help out a friend in need. Have you been guilty of saying, “Just let me know, if you need something,” while secretly hoping that they never call? In so many ways, time is more valuable than money because if you lose riches, you can get it back, but you cannot get time back – we must use and enjoy it wisely, for we all have the same 24 hours in a day.
We can also be generous with our possessions – that’s our “stuff!” We all have things that we hold dear to our hearts, but are we willing to share what we have? This was one of the things that the new Christians in Jerusalem did in Acts 2:44-46, “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. and they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, an breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart.” They were willing to share what they had – gladly. When Jesus was approached by the rich young ruler in Luke 18, the young man boasted that he had kept the Old Law faithfully from his youth up, but Jesus told him, “Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich” (Luke 18:22b-23) He wasn’t willing to share his material possessions.
We are to give as we’ve been prospered. You know, being generous isn’t really a material thing -it’s a heart thing. Paul told the church in Corinth, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver” (II Corinthians 9:7). I love the thought of: “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38). Why do we shake the pan? It’s to even out what’s in there so we can add more! Jesus said that if we give, what we receive back will be filled, shaken, pressed down, and is still running over! Oh, how we’ve been simply blessed! How generous are you? Courtney