This morning I read the following scripture:
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 MSG
"Be generous with your lives" ...the word generous really stuck out to me and I wanted to dive deeper into what it looks like to be generous.
I've always thought the word generous was an action verb. Generosity, in my mind, has always been something that is done; the action of being generous - giving time, money, energy, etc. In my head, to count myself as generous, I would need to have proof that I have been doing something to show that I have been generous; realizing that this was my thinking I felt prompted to look up the proper definition of generous.
G E N E R O U S: (of a person) showing a readiness to give more of something, as money or time, than is strictly necessary or expected.
As you can see, the word generous is an adjective not an action verb. Understanding this definition gave me a new perspective on what generosity is; Generosity is a posture of the heart. Initially when I think "am I generous?" I'd try to think of the last time I gave someone money or my time, and if I can't think of a recent specific time I almost feel a sense of guilt. But the real question here is not "have I given?" It is "is my heart ready to give when I am called to?"
Generosity is not the act of doing, it is the act of being. It stems from the heart first, not the hands.
At the end of the verse it says "this generous Father". Which means, this Father, who is always showing us a readiness to give more.
Having a generous heart gives us the posture to be ready to give freely to others out of generosity.
Written with love,