Posted: Thursday, August 29
2 Corinthians 3:1-18
“Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.” (Proverbs 22:9)
Generosity isn’t something that comes naturally. Spend anytime snacking with a preschooler and you will see how unnatural this is. If you ask a preschooler to share their snack they will first assess their inventory of their snack and see how much they have left before making a decision. If they assess that their inventory is not on the verge of running out they might give you the smallest piece of whatever they have. I encounter this often.
Our natural desire is to protect what is our own and to make sure that our needs are taken care of first. But like so many other things in the Bible what is expected of us is counter what comes naturally. Proverbs 11:24-25 says, “Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”
God takes care of his children. Knowing that he supplies everything that we need frees up our hearts to be generous with others. We don’t have to hold tightly on to what we have out of fear but can give freely with those in need.