What is Generosity?

What is generosity?  What is a “generous person”?  What does generosity look like?  Are we generous as individuals?  As a church?  As a community?  How can we be more generous in our daily lives?
This new column will explore in coming weeks these and other questions pertaining to generosity. Hopefully, this column will shed some light on how each of us as individuals, as well as a church, can be more generous in our daily lives.
Gratitude is the genesis of our generosity.  As we experience and appreciate God’s generous gifts of time, talent, service, etc., it ignites in us a desire to generously share those gifts with others.
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.  1 Timothy 6:17-19
Being conformed to the image of Christ includes emulating his sacrificial, giving nature. We can use our own generosity as a gauge for our own spiritual health. How open are we to give? How sacrificially?  Generosity is a gauge of our gratitude as individuals and as the body of Christ.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16
Is it any wonder that the scripture that so explicitly expresses the loving gift we have received in Christ Jesus would also communicate God’s gracious generosity? Because God loved the world, he gave. Love inspires generosity—always.

The Generosity Committee