Giving Our First: Generosity

Day 17: Proverbs 11:24-25

Generosity sometimes sounds like a big thing. It’s intimidating. It’s equivalent in our minds to giving up half of a paycheck, time we don’t have to give, or energy we can’t seem to muster up.

Thankfully, examples of Jesus’ generosity are everywhere in the New Testament.

The Bible says Christ was moved with compassion, graciously healed many, and went out of His way to live life to people like you and me. 

Sometimes He does ask us to be generous in major ways. For some individuals, they live this out through adventurous life changes like becoming a foster parent or sacrificially giving in faith.

But what if that same kind of generosity can be given in small doses?

People say it all the time -- “it’s the little things.” Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice of dying on the cross for us, but He also loved people with words and actions daily.

Whether we’re called to be generous in large or small doses, the Bible reminds us that "the generous prosper and those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”

This idea of getting more by giving more doesn’t make a lot of sense to us, but when we put this truth to action in our lives, we will see that it is true! 

When was the last time you gave a little extra? An extra smile, an extra encouraging note, an extra coffee, or an extra visit? These things usually cost us little to nothing, but it’s just enough to show someone else a little Jesus and a little generosity.

Think about the last time you did something like that. It made your day better, didn’t it? It gave you a sense of purpose and boosted your joy! When we give a little every day, we’re blessed in return, and that helps us work our way up to giving in bigger ways. 

Ask yourself today: How will you start your generosity journey right now?