Generosity is birthed in the heart of God. Generosity means to give or do more than is expected. God’s generosity is over-the-top, lavishly magnanimous. In studying the etymology of generous I discovered that its root means “of noble birth”. Generosity is characterized by a noble (outstanding quality; high ideals and character) spirit. As you read the following verse it is the key to understanding that God’s generosity far exceeds what we can think or imagine. We think only in human terms – money and deeds. God only thinks in eternal terms – heart and soul.
Eph 2:4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much,…7 So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. (I love this verse)
Generosity is not just about giving, it is a lifestyle – living generously with your time, your gifts and your resources. Generosity is an attitude.
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” ― John Bunyan
Bill Gates is the richest man in the world. His net worth is 86 billion dollars. I cannot fathom that kind of wealth. The world’s population is 7.6 billion people. If he gave everyone in the world $10 he would still have ten billion dollars left. He gives over a billion dollars to charities. In our human thinking these numbers are mind-boggling but in comparison to God he is a merely a pauper.
Ps 24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.”
Let generosity begin in your heart and allow it to permeate your thinking being evidenced in the decision to do good things, generous things, for others because of what God has done for you. Generosity is all about going above and beyond for the benefit of others for the sake of the gospel of Jesus.
God’s gracious and lavish generosity reaches deep down into our souls with the promise of unconditional love, forgiveness and eternal life.