Letter Twelve: Be Generous
I hope that you are a generous person. If not, what are you waiting for? The dictionary says a generous person is one who shows a readiness to give more of something, such as money or time, than is strictly necessary or expected. There are many benefits to generosity. Scientists have found that generous people are happier at work, have lower stress levels, have better marriages, and may even live longer. Our generosity on earth builds up treasure in Heaven for us. Moreover, the Bible says, “God loves a cheerful giver.”
Here are three reasons why you ought to be generous.
1. Being generous is your duty as a Christian. In Matthew 5:42, Jesus Christ said, “Give to him that asketh thee, and him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.” God expects His children to be the most generous people on earth. Jesus told His disciples, “Freely ye have received; freely give.” Jesus set the ultimate example of giving when He gave His life for us on the cross. Through His sacrifice, He gave us salvation from sin and Hell and eternal life with God. We can never give as much as He gave, but we ought to give to others as much as we can.
2. Being generous is the best way to say thank you. Whether you realize it or not, you are incredibly blessed. If you are alive, if you are able to move and have your being, you have a lot to thank God for. On top of that, other people have given to you in many ways. Your parents gave you life and, if they were good parents, they cared for you, provided for you, and trained you. Your teachers aided your education, helping you gain knowledge where you had none. You can probably name others who have given you advice or help down through the years. It is great to go back and say “thank you” to those people, but it is even better to show your gratitude in a tangible form.
3. Being generous is a way of making a difference in the world. Because of how God and others have made a difference in your life, you ought to want to make a difference in the lives of others. So, pay it forward. Let your gratitude bleed out into your dealings with other people. Do for them as others have done for you. Give to others and give sacrificially. Use your time and resources to help others move along on the road of life. You may not think that you have much to contribute. You may not think that you can really make a difference in the world. But God is not just looking for more wealthy, well-to-do, and well-known people to make the world a better place. He wants everyone to do their part. Jesus told his disciples that a poor widow who gave two pennies to the Lord’s work had given more than the wealthy religious people who had given out of their abundance.
It matters not the amount of money or possessions you have. All that matters is that you have a heart of generosity, one that is willing to give, to give back, and to give without looking for something in return.
Daniel Whyte III
P.T. (Power Thoughts):
David Livingstone said, “I place no value on anything I have or may possess, except in relation to the kingdom of God. If anything will advance the interests of the kingdom, it shall be given away or kept, only as by giving or keeping it I shall most promote the glory of Him to whom I owe all my hopes in time or eternity.”
John Holmes said, “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
John Bunyan said, “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”