We continue our devotions this week looking at being “Simply Generous”.
Although generosity is in our factory settings we can choose to keep our arms folded or in our pockets or we can opens our arms and give and receive.
God’s cycle of generosity starts with receiving.
“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9 v 15)
The source of God’s grace and generosity is God himself. Generosity begins with God’s gift to us. It all starts with our hands held open to the kind generosity of God himself.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9 v 7)
Joy has a key role to play within generosity. Sometimes – often in fact – we will find that being generous leaves us feeling good, but that sense of happiness is not the primary reason for giving. We give because we are grateful to God for his own gift to us. Generosity thrives best when it is an expression of the joy that God has sparkled in our lives.
If we lose sight of the source, of the “indescribable gift”, our view of generosity becomes restricted. If giving becomes a chore, driven by guilt, the whole thing becomes lifeless and dull. There is no joy.
Giving is rooted in worship – we are living sacrifices, we give a sacrifice of praise and we are encouraged to sacrifice our possessions.