God has been teaching me about the importance of having a generous heart. The Apostle Paul talks a lot about generosity in the New Testament. You’ve probably heard his famous words in (2 Corinthians 9) “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” Why would anyone sow sparingly? The only reason is if there is a sense that there is not enough. Not enough time or resources. Not enough energy. Yet that is not the case when we trust in Jesus Christ. He is enough. He is the God of abundance. Abundant joy, peace, forgiveness, and freedom. I’m longing for you to know of His generosity and kindness. He is waiting for you to call out to Him so He can pour into you all the love and grace that you need, so that you can be a generous person.
What is a Generous Heart?
Generosity is defined as “the quality of being kind and understanding, and not selfish.” A genuinely generous heart is anchored in the love of God. He pours his love in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5), giving us the ability to be truly generous. A generous heart is a lifestyle that permeates every area of our lives; freely we have received and freely we give.
As we receive God’s lavish love, we can freely and generously give to others. We can’t give what we don’t have. So generosity comes from what is stored up in our hearts including love, gratitude, and joy.
How Generosity Shapes the Church
God is radically generous. The gospel begins like this:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
When God’s generosity is present in a church, souls are saved, lives are restored, families are built, the hungry are fed, people are healed and cities are changed to the glory of God. God makes us like Himself when He calls us to give that His gospel might advance.