Generosity is a word we like to use, but the implementation is not always good. Sure, we are happy to throw the change in our pocket in the red Salvation Army kettle as we walk out of a store. We are happy to give gifts in gift exchanges. We are willing to buy a nice gift card for someone who has done something special or who has taught our child.
How often do we really practice generosity? The kind of generosity that is planned and executed throughout the year, not just because someone is ringing a bell. The kind of generosity that may even hurt a little financially.
The kids of our church are learning about generosity right now and it reminds me to evaluate my generosity. Just like you, I only have so much time, so much money, and so many other resources. The question you and I must answer is, are we living generously? Do I plan to give? Or do I just give occasionally so I feel better about myself? What about you?
Have you ever stopped to think how the Christmas story is the story of incredible generosity? Somehow, the God of all, came to Earth as a child. I know that picture is hard to swallow.
The birth of Jesus says so much. It says that God wanted us to know He is with us. It says God’s intention was never that we were alone in the world. It says that God’s intention has always been and will always be to be in relationship with us. It says God empathizes with us. It also says God loves us.
The birth of Jesus ushered in, in a new way, what all the Scriptures point toward…a loving God who relentlessly pursues people. The gift of Immanuel “God with us” is generosity in flesh. The eventual death and resurrection of Jesus and the message of God’s grace are models of generosity and gifts of grace.
My prayer for you and I is that this holiday season we may go further than just throwing our lose change in the red kettles. My hope and prayer is that you and I would evaluate our lives and learn to live from gratitude which leads us to generosity. Maybe the saying really is true, “it is better to give than to receive.”