Scripture: Proverbs 11 (focus on 24-25)
Observation: When we’re generous, we’ll prosper and experience more blessings; when we’re stingy, we’ll lose what little we have.
Application: When I was in middle school, I received the most generous gift my 12-year-old self could imagine: a $75 gift card to King of Prussia, a huge mall outside Philadelphia. My friend received two $75 gift cards – one for her and one for a friend – and somehow I got to be that friend. I was in heaven! Do you know how much you can buy at Claire’s for $75?! Just kidding. (Not really. It was 2003. Buying ALL THE THINGS from Claire’s was a pre-teen dream.)
I felt so blessed to be the recipient of someone else’s generosity. No matter who we are or what we believe, we love generous people, the ones who give freely and lavishly, without reservation. They’re the ones who pick up the tab, who search tirelessly for the perfect gift, who listen when we need it, who place no limits on their love or encouragement for us.
Here’s how the writer of Proverbs puts it:
“Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything.” (v. 24)
And here’s the secret behind generosity: it doesn’t just bless the other person; it blesses us.
“The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” (v. 25)
When we’re generous, we’re reflecting the heart of our Father in Heaven, the one who continually shows us undeserved grace and unrelenting love. He asks us to let go, just as he let go of his son, Jesus. And in the letting go, we receive so much more.
When we give, we receive the gift of becoming more like our God.
So, are you holding on or letting go? What is one simply way you could be generous today, right where you are?
Prayer: God, I confess that my selfishness gets in the way of my generosity. I pray I can embrace generosity, that I can become more and more like you. Amen.