The Blessing of Generosity

Michael Beck

“… The earth is full of thy riches.” (Psalm 104:24)

We serve a generous God. He is not shy about spilling His bounty upon the just and the unjust. He opens His hand and satisfies the desire of every living creature. He even continues to give to the unthankful. “… The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.” (Psalm 33:5) We have much to learn from His beautiful example.

There is a world around us that needs a demonstration of the goodness of God. He wants His people to wear His beauty and radiate His glory. Generosity can be shown through a kind smile; an encouraging word; or a listening ear. These things may seem to be little, but they can make a big difference in another’s day. You don’t have to be rich to be generous. Give what you have.

Jesus so appreciated the generosity of the woman who poured out her ointment upon His head. “She hath done what she could…” (Mark 14:8) She was castigated by some of His disciples who said, “What a waste! This could have been given to the poor.” But their murmuring was instigated by Judas who didn’t care for the poor; he simply wanted use of the funds generated by the sale of the ointment.

Selfishness keeps us from thinking about others. We become overly conservative. We are afraid that if we give too much we won’t have enough for ourselves. But the very opposite is true: “The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.” (Prov. 11:25) “Give, and it shall be given unto you …” (Luke 6:38)

Don’t be afraid to pour the oil you have on the head of another today. They may be on the verge of death and really appreciate it. When you give of yourself to the least of His brethren, Christ counts it as done to Himself. Open you heart, your hand, your mouth. Be a blessing and be blessed.

“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.