Every one of us has a unique identity and purpose. And it turns out that generosity can make a big difference in the quality of our own personal, social and spiritual life. When you practice generosity toward yourself and others, fear can loosen its grip especially when you don’t attempt to control or manipulate others and choose to be giving. So, the better we understand what generosity means, the better we will be able to think about it and practice it.
When it comes to the church, the responsibility for generosity comes in many forms.
Define your identity and God’s calling.
Acts 20:35 says “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Discover your unique responsibility and don’t be afraid to share it with others.
Invest in other people’s potential.
One of the hardest parts may be to invest our time in those around us. When we make an intentional choice to notice and personally lead others, we can then contribute to their personal, emotional and spiritual development. Every great leader at some point was inspired by another great leader.
Start from the inside out.
It’s human instinct to focus on our own flaws, however our greatest struggle is often the area meant to be our greatest strength. When you apply this wisdom, you can give others the same confidence in place of their own personal weaknesses. You can make statements of declarations like:
“I am strong to face the challenges I will face today.”
“I have a God who believes in me.”
Be open and vulnerable.
Vulnerability can perhaps be one of the most courageous forms of generosity and requires you to place yourself in a position to be rejected. When you walk into a room of insecurities, it actually engages people to look inside your heart. This kind of authenticity draws us in, brings us close and inspires us to give of ourselves above and beyond what we ever thought we could do on our own.
If we don’t judge, we are free to be generous in our actions. Giving unbiased service and love to others is the heart of generosity. Faithful generosity of our time, encouragement, love, and stewardship in the church is an investment.
If Christian families will rise again to this calling of generosity, we may yet again witness world change and blessings. And the rest of us should be inspired to follow this example and give the very best way that we can because God has big plans for you to give generously.
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