I’ve been thinking about Kingdom generosity and abundance a lot in the last few days. I love the invitation in 2 Corinthians 9:7 to enter into cheerful giving – that means it is possible for generosity to be attached to a whole lot of fun and joy. Many of us may not feel the words fun and generosity belong in the same sentence, but the more I enter heaven’s invitation to live generously, the more I’m convinced that it has the power to inject unreasonable levels of joy into our lives.
Here are my favourite reasons why:
Generosity Opens the Heavens
Firstly, as we give generously, stretching ourselves and our means, we get to let go of the reality of the seen realm and tap into the greater reality of the unseen realm where there are limitless resources and storehouses that never run dry. The fact is that if we allow our bank balances to have the final word on how we live and give, then they will have just that, the final word. We will have tied ourselves to them for our provision, for our adventure, for our blessing. But if we allow heavenly storehouses the final word on how we live, on how we give, then our bank balances will not have a defining hold on us and we’ll be allowing a far greater, richer reality to resource our lives.
Generosity Makes Me Look More Like Him
Secondly, when we give generously it is one of the moments when the expression ‘Like Father, like daughter (or son)’ shines most brightly, for our heavenly Papa is the most lavishly generous being in existence – He is the prodigal Father – and we can never out-give Him, but we certainly can look like Him as we live open-handedly. Everything He does is an overflow of abundant generosity. It makes me smile to think I can look a whole lot like Him as I enter into the adventure of giving.
Is God inviting you to give in a certain area today? Lean into that voice, and take a step towards radical generosity. It’s worth it.