Generous Generosity

Posted: April 15, 2014 in Blog
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This one time in Wyoming; a bad way to start—however, there was this one time in Wyoming when I was able to display an act of generous generosity, at least I think so. I was so generous that I gave the coat off of someone else’s back. Sounds funny or presumptuous, but it’s true. My friend Mike was the victim of my benevolent plundering for the sake of another. Maybe I wasn’t as generous as I like to remember. Maybe my friend was scarred by being bullied–I’m sorry Mike. True sacrifice on my behalf toward the beneficiary of this brutish-generosity would’ve been to give my jacket, however the little fella could’ve used it as a tent. Then again my demand to relinquish the coat was for the good of our fellow man, so that he’d have a coat that fits–which sounds almost legit.

A funny story, at least in my mind, but what it depicts is how at times giving may cost others more than it costs those who are giving. In this case it cost me nothing more than jeering from friends regarding benevolent-bully-tactics. I should apologize to Mike in person for being such a bully. In this story my ‘giving’ doesn’t even register on the generosity meter, let alone register as generous generosity. If generosity can be quantified then generous generosity is the top end of the generosity meter. Sounds noble–‘Generous Generosity’–someone should write a book, it would sell. This manner of giving sounds costly. Giving till it hurts sounds painful. Use all that you have for the sake of others, and then give out of your poverty–not a good church growth model.

The question I’m asking is who is going to give so fool heartedly? None. I mean we need to take care of ourselves and be good stewards. Right? Advocating a generous generosity for it’s own sake doesn’t make sense. I’m even doubting my own heart in giving as this is being written…

Who is going to give like this? Who is going to give at great cost to themselves? No one, other that Jesus Christ will give with such a spirit. Jesus, who did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, (Phil 2:6), gave of himself so that we could become rich in him. And unless the Spirit of God dwells in us we cannot give what needs to be given. I’m not writing about finances here. I am writing about giving love, grace, mercy, and kindness to those around us; which may mean monetarily. What I am writing about is generous giving. A manner of giving that so many claiming the name of Jesus seem unable to give. And unless we are gripped with God’s gift of life in Christ Jesus we will forever give reluctantly–or not at all. Giving grace, mercy, love, and kindness is a matter of the gospel fidelity. Let us give as we’ve been given in Christ Jesus our Lord. May the generosity of our Lord Jesus upon the cross forever grip our hearts and propel us to a generous generosity.

2 Corinthians 8:9, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. ”

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