When we live a life of generosity in reverence of God we reflect the love given to us by Him. God is the perfect example of love, He has grace for the sinner, hope for the broken, and strength for the weary. God empowers His people, His global Church, to shine His light and freely give His love. We are to be mirrors reflecting the very image of God in all that we do.
2 Corinthians 8:8-15
New International Version (NIV)
8 I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
10 And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. 11 Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. 12 For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.
13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. 14 At the present time your plenty will supply what they need,so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, 15 as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.”
When we embrace the love and hope that we hold onto in Jesus the Christ, we begin to understand that generosity is more than giving money, time, or attention to a good cause. Generosity is a lifestyle. It takes us from stopping and thinking “What Would Jesus Do” to immediately acting like Jesus would without thinking about it. It becomes a part of who we are as Christians, or “little-Christ’s”.
I want to challenge you to pray for your local congregation and its leaders. Pray that they would all embrace a lifestyle of generosity that seeks to reflect the heart of God. Pray that they would act out their faith and allow it to become who they are and how they act. May they go from thinking about Christ to embracing their