Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly.
I desire to be a truly generous person. I don’t have a lot of resources, per se, but I do intend to be generous with my time and my treasures every day. Sometimes, when I do a favor for someone or invite someone into my life and it’s not particularly convenient, I just remind myself, “Be generous. Just be generous.” God is so generous with me, and always makes a way for me to be generous to others in return. I absolutely would be an ironically foolish person if I didn’t practice generosity.
Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’ Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’ And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’ (Matthew 25:41-45)
The thing about generosity is that it breeds. I recently experienced tremendous generosity from another person. They truly provided for me what I couldn’t for myself, and it was amazing. A lot of people focus on themselves when someone is being generous towards them, and often prevent it because they’re too proud to accept it. But let me tell ya, letting someone be generous on you only makes you think of Jesus. Furthermore, it makes you want to be like that to others in return as much as you can. If we were to stop allowing others to be generous towards us, it would absolutely negatively impact how generous we would be as well.
Some ways in which I can be generous today... I can let someone go first in line at the store or let someone else have that close parking space. I can share what I have, stop what I'm doing and listen, and I can check up on someone in place of the "me time" I've carved out for myself. Generosity is definitely how we can be Jesus’ hands and feet to the rest of the world.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for your generous sacrifice for my sins that made me free in every way. Thank you for godly people in my life who imitate your sacrificial love and generosity, and thank you that it provokes my heart towards the same. Help me be generous regardless of my treasury of resources, help my heart to be full of generosity. I do want to serve others out of my thankful heart to you. I’m so thankful for how you operate and that your kind of generosity is exactly what I get and exactly what I need. I love you so much and thank you and praise you, and I pray in your name, amen.