Kindness to the poor is a loan to the Lord, and He will give a reward to the lender.—Proverbs 19:17
One of God’s purposes for money is to bless and enrich other Christians. One of the characteristics which God wants to develop in us is that of generosity, for our generosity will determine how much spiritual light we have in our being. Take this verse: “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light” (Mt 6:22). If your “eye”—your outlook on life, your whole way of looking at things and people—is generous, then your whole personality is illuminated. If you have a greedy or selfish “eye,” your whole being will be filled with darkness.
In Acts 11:27-30 we read about a severe famine that caused suffering to many Jewish Christians. The church at Antioch—made up mostly of Gentiles—sent an offering to their fellow believers in Jerusalem, and that offering was an important means of tearing down national and cultural barriers between them and building bonds of genuine Christian love. God likens generous giving to reaping a harvest: “The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously” (2Co 9:6).
Perhaps the greatest benefit of generous giving to other Christians, however, is this—it results in “overflowing in many acts of thanksgiving to God” (2Co 9:12). Yes, God will give you much so that you can give away much, and when you take your gifts to those who need them, they will break out in thanksgiving and praise of God for your help. Giving to the needs of fellow Christians means that many will thank God and fill His church with praise.
O God, help me to become a truly generous person, for I see that when I am generous, then my generosity generates generosity in others. I ask this in the peerless and exalted name of the Lord Jesus. Amen.
Rm 12:9-21; 1Kg 17:8-16; Pr 11:25; 25:21; Eccl 11:1
What is the lesson of the widow of Zarephath?
How will you be generous today?