For no special reason whatsoever, an adoring grandmother slips her 12-year old grandson a crisp $10 bill. A first-grade girl shares her most prized possession with her little brother, a brand new box of Crayola crayons. A “good Samaritan” pulls over on the side of the highway to assist an elderly lady with her flat tire.
Whose heart isn’t warmed by these ordinary, yet wonderful, examples of generosity? All these examples, and many others like them, help make this world a better place.
Do you know how generous givers learn this behavior? Whether realizing it or not, they have learned to be generous from God. For, God is the source of all generosity and is generous to everyone (cf. Mt. 5:44-45; Psa. 145:9). Consequently, his generosity inspires all to be generous!
For example, in an effort to cultivate a crop of generosity within the church Paul reminded them of the generous God:
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God (2 Corinthians 9:10-11).
Has not God been generous to you? Hasn’t your life been enriched by him? If so, then return the favor. Pay it forward! When you do, you will find that the giving is even better than the receiving (cf. Acts 20:35).