True generosity

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I don’t know if you’ve thought about this but generosity has little to do with money. It doesn’t. It has to do with heart, with attitude, with a mindset that makes generous choices. John Bunyan was an English writer who penned over 60 books. Perhaps the most famous is Pilgrim’s Progress. Concerning generosity, he said, “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” Many in the age we live in ask the question, “What’s in it for me?” Although it is unfair to describe a whole generation with a broad stroke, there is a legitimate sense that many today would wear the title of selfish and entitled proudly.

Before you dismiss this as something applying to others but not personally, consider this: Selfishness described at least two of the disciples, James and John. They were hoping for a place of honor in the coming Kingdom. Mark 10:37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” If Jesus’ chosen disciples struggled, you and I might also.

Remember Jesus’ parable about the Great Banquet? Luke 14:12-14 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.  But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,  and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

As we interface with people daily, consider adopting this attitude: “We don’t want anything from you. We want something for you.”

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