October 17, 2020
2 Corinthians 8:7, “Since you excel in so many ways — in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us — I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.”
Mark 12:42-44, “Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins. Jesus called his disciples to him and said, ‘I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.’”
One of the biggest hurdles of generosity is fear. We seem to be born with a natural fear of not having enough for ourselves. So, we put off giving freely and abundantly until we think we’re in a better financial position. We hoard whatever we can just in case our perceived disaster ever strikes. But this isn’t the kind of life God intends for those who are a part of His family.
It’s revealing that Paul chose the Philippian church to demonstrate generous giving to the Christians in Corinth. This church was never known for its wealth. They were, in fact, very poor in comparison to the Corinthians. Yet the Philippians sacrificed to support the ministry. They excelled in giving though they had very little.
Overflowing generosity is never determined by the amount, but by the heart. Jesus did not commend the wealthy giving large gifts, but the widow who gave two copper coins. She gave out of her poverty as the wealthy gave out of their abundance, which, relatively speaking, amounted to a drop in the bucket.
Here is a good question to ponder: Regardless of your net worth, how is your generosity?
This week bring a financial gift to the local church that’s above and beyond your normal tithe. Also, look for opportunities to bless people in your life with acts of generosity.
Dear God, Thank You for Your overflowing generosity toward me. You have blessed me abundantly with the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Open the eyes of my heart to see opportunities to be generous to those around me. Amen.