This morning in my quiet time, before the rush and scramble of the day arrived, I read in 2 Cor. 9:
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.”[a]
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
It is such a great reminder to me about generosity and why I can be brave in generosity.
Our God is a generous God. We never have to worry. “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need…” That is a pretty amazing promise! But it demonstrates the principle of why we are able to be generous, why we don’t need to storehouse wealth, or guard our resources carefully for ourselves. God provides. It’s one of his revealed names: Jehovah-Jireh. It means the God who provides, or more literally, ‘the God who will see to it’. He sees to our every need and is able to provide for us, “in all things at all times…”.
And then in my Facebook feed I came across this video: Generosity
What struck me about this man, and the culture that he comes from, is that they are living a Kingdom principle here. I wish that we had done things differently in our dealings with aboriginal/FirstNations/indigenous cultures. Instead of denigrating and decimating their cultures, I wish that we had learned what they had to teach us. Because when I examine some of their values, they align very closely with the Kingdom principles that belong to God.
God is good. God is generous. And we who strive to be like Jesus need to emulate this generosity.