Generosity is interesting. It brings a blessing back to me. That blessing takes many forms. The greatest is the joy of doing what our Father desires. He says to give, and obedience is its own form of blessing.
The focus of generosity should be on the poor. Solomon challenges us to have a mission with our generosity. Here, we have lots of opportunity for sure.
Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.
English Standard Version. (2016). (Proverbs 22:9). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
GOD is generous. He is caring and in a good mood. Always. God expects us to be generous just like He is. Jesus understands that clearly.
Remember this from Jesus?
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
Matthew 25:34-36 (ESV)
Jesus has a goal for us. We are to be generous. Jesus will judge us on how generous we have been to poor. He has alerted us.
Continuing the theme of just rewards, King Solomon identifies that the giving of bread and the blessing of generosity will receive good in return. The “generous man” is (literally) “generous of eye,” the opposite of one who has a bad eye and hoards things.
I find that to be an interesting approach to generosity.
- Do I see opportunities for generosity at every turn?
- Am I actively looking for ways to be generous?
- Will I open my eyes to see what God wants me to do to love others?