Thursday, April 16
Heartbeat of God, p. 186
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
When I think of generosity, I think of my “daddy”. Although not my biological father, he was the most generous person I’ve ever known. He passed away when I was 18, oh how our family has missed him over the years. But the way he lived his life left a profound impact on me. At his funeral, the eulogy was about the Good Samaritan because that was the kind of man he was—always thinking about others first and putting his generosity into tangible action.
James 1:5 tells us that our God is generous: He “gives to all generously and without reproach.” In other words, when we share our needs and our desires with Him, He freely gives to us – in His way and in His time. Moreover, He never holds our inadequacies or mistakes against us. People in our lives might refuse to give us something we ask for if they feel we don’t deserve it or they don’t feel like giving it to us. But God gives both freely and generously, lavishing blessings on us that we definitely don’t deserve—all because He loves us.
God wants us to feel loved, happy and blessed. Jesus told his disciples in John 10:10 that He came to give life, life abundant. Which side of the comma are you on? Are you just going through the motions of LIFE, or do you love an ABUNDANT LIFE in Him? God doesn’t want us just to trudge through our lives, miserable and expecting disaster around every corner. Rather, He wants our lives to be victorious, overflowing with His love, His goodness and joy. He wants us to prosper! God’s generosity is available for us if we just accept it—and when we put God’s generosity into action, our lives become abundant!
I want to be remembered, like my daddy, for always being generous. Don’t you? Jesus was generous beyond measure. No matter how exhausted He was after teaching and healing the multitudes, He always had time and energy for one more person who came to Him for help and healing. He ultimately gave the most generous gift of all - His life in exchange for our sins! Today, He is ready and waiting to answer our prayers any time, to give us what we need.
We need to remember that because He gave...we “get” to “give.” In other words, when we get a blessing from God, it is to enable us to be more generous to others. Our generosity is a way of expressing the tremendous love and sacrifice that Jesus has shown us. We can be generous with our time and energy, helping a neighbor or a shut-in, volunteering or being a mentor. We can be generous with our attention, taking time from our busy schedule to listen when someone really needs to talk and offer emotional and spiritual support. We can be generous with our finances by donating or by “paying it forward” to a total stranger as God lays their need on your heart. In our current climate, there are so many ways we can follow our Heavenly Father's example of generosity. Sister, how has God been generous to you lately? How can you share that gift with someone else today?
For further reading: John 10:10; John 3:16; Isaiah 41:10, 13; Psalm 91; Ephesians 1:17-20, 3:20; Colossians 1:9-13
Dear God, You are so Generous! As Your blessings flow over me, I am awed by Your love, Your patience with me, Your faithfulness every day. I praise You that You never stop giving! Precious Lord, teach me how to be generous like You. Let Your Spirit fill me up to overflowing so that those around me will be touched by Your Presence. Give me the right words to say and prompt me to do the actions that will bring them into a personal relationship with You. You tell us in Your Word that whatever we ask in Your name will be given unto us so that the Father may be glorified through the Son. So, Lord, we ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.