Generosity

He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

Proverbs 28:27

The Bible is full of admonitions for us to be generous.  A Christian should be the most generous person in the world.  The Bible tells us that “unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.” (Luke 12:28)  As a Christian, we have been given much.  We have been granted forgiveness, we have been redeemed, we have been “bought with a price.”  We have been given an eternal home in Heaven and an uncorruptable inheritance.  With all of that, how can we ask for any more?  But we have so much more in Him!  But, I digress.

When the Bible says that “he that giveth to the poor shall not lack…, ” it speaks of generosity.  Some people are poor in this world’s goods.  They may have physical needs of clothing, food, shelter, etc.  The book of James speaks of this type of generosity: “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?”  (James 2:15-16)  If we find someone with a physical need, and it is in our power to meet that need, why should we not do it?  We should be generous people.  Of course, all people who do not know Jesus Christ as their Saviour are “poor” spiritually.  They hunger and thirst and we know the Bread of Life and the Living Water.  When we look at it like that, we should be even more generous.

The second part of the verse tells us that “he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.”  How often have we seen someone in need and “hid our eyes?”  That is convicting question.  How generous are we?

4 responses to this post.

  1. This really speaks to me today, Ben. Thank you so much for being His voice. Even if I do not have a lot of money or material goods, look at all I have in Christ. 🙂 Thank you for showing me how rich I truly am. God bless you as you give of yourself and your time each day, delivering His word to the needy!

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    • Sometimes I think of it this way, like the old song says, “I’m a child of the King…” I may not have a lot of green pieces of paper with former presidents’ pictures on them, but I have something far, far greater!

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  2. Thank you Ben 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this today. 🙂 There are so many needs and so many ways we can help. Rich in Christ as Deb says … we have so much to share.

    “If we find someone with a physical need, and it is in our power to meet that need, why should we not do it? ”
    I felt moved to write on a similar topic last week. When you have a moment, please pop over and take a peek. http://tonirand.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/each-one-help-at-least-one/

    Blessings,
    ann

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    • Great post! There is so much that we could be doing and so many people that we could be helping. Christians should be known as the most generous people in the world.

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