Generosity

I’m always amazed at generosity.  It’s amazing how people step outside their comfort zone, across racial, economic, and political barriers to help out someone in need.  But is it just me, or does anyone else notice that generosity is usually shown when there’s a tragedy of some kind and not expressed as much in normal life?  Take the Sandy Hook tragedy as an example.  People came together from all walks of life to help a grieving community heal from their tragic loss.  But fast forward several months later and some of those same people are at each other’s throats over gun rights.  Or how about the Boston Marathon bombing.  Complete strangers came to the aid of the maimed and injured but I’m wondering of those same people would notice the poor or infirm along the road begging for money.  In my hometown, where the median income is relatively high, people constantly complain about the amount of poor they have to look at on their morning drive to work or how the tourists to our area ruin their enjoyment of the beach.  It’s only when we have a hurricane or some other trial that the community bands together as one to get through it.  The sad fact is, some of these people who behave that way profess to be Christians.

The most telling verses on this subject are found in 1 John 3:16-18.  John says, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.  And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.  If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?  Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 

God’s word should cut to the heart here.  Christians should be the most generous people in the world and it should show through our actions, not just our words wishing others to be well.  We don’t need to wait for a tragedy to show our love for others and let Christ’s light shine through us.  We can be generous every day.  So let’s get to work because there are a lot people who need that love and that light.

-Joe

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