Generosity

But a generous man devises generous things, And by generosity he shall stand.
— Isaiah 32:8-9 NKJV

If everyone was generous our world would be a different place. Sadly, this is not so. Generosity stems from a heart of gratitude, but especially a spirit of kindness. There are many ways to be generous: giving money, giving away food and clothing, taking care of people or the environment in special ways, giving of one’s time, etc. Another form of generosity is to give of one’s words. Scripture says that our words hold the power of life and death. We use them either to build people up or to tear them down. 

Generosity begins within our hearts. Having an open heart to our Father is to be intentional about Him. We realize that our ability to be and to become is because of Him. Despite all of our shortcomings, pitfalls, and sin, our Father never backs away or gives up on us. His heart is magnanimous towards us and He gives us promises to draw us in. The truth of the matter is that people who display a noble, open, and generous heart demonstrate that they have a big part of God within themselves. 

Generosity is also a deliberate choice that one makes. As a father of four children, I find it difficult to choose one child over the other. I’m always in awe that my Father will bless me with His most precious gifts in life. My wife and I are continually grateful for the opportunity to be parents. We don’t take this for granted. Our hearts ooze with the urge to splurge on our children. But we also are very careful not to indulge our children to the point of ignoring discipline or fostering in their minds an “entitlement” mindset. 

Our Father’s generosity impacts us, and we in turn never hold back from impacting others. At the end of the day, what is ours really is a result of the Father’s bountiful blessings on our lives. To the man who withholds, everything that he has starts to slowly fall away. A scarcity mindset limits people and stems from a place of poverty. God’s Kingdom knows no scarcity. There is infinitely more than enough for everyone. Generosity is an abundant mindset without limitations. There are promises upon promises of the goodness of the Father that will never become void! Standing on generosity is the place of continued breakthrough.

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