An Introduction: GENEROSITY
Generosity is so much more than money, it is a lifestyle. We give to others because God gave to us. We go to others because God came to us. We grow in our faith, because scripture commands us to, “… grow in the faith and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18)”
Have you ever read about the widow who had nothing and yet God provided all of her needs? In 2 Kings 4:1-7 she is seen as desperate, lonely, and poor – a woman trying to raise her children without a husband. Debt collectors invade her home and threaten to enslave her boys as payment. By faith she calls out to the Prophet Elisha who asks her a vital question, “What do you have?”
“Nothing but a little oil,” she responded. He tells the woman to go and get as many empty jars as she and her boys can carry to their home.
Out of faith and obedience, she fills her tiny house with the borrowed jars and begins to pour her last remaining oil into an empty vessel. To her surprise and to God’s credit, the oil never runs out. She pours and pours until all the empty jars are filled. Elisha’s response was, “Go and sell the oil to pay your debts and you and your sons use the rest to live on.”
God’s generosity is put into action when we respond in faith. From nothing comes everything. The widow was generous in her faith to believe. Her sons were generous in going to the nearby houses and collecting the jars. The neighbors were generous in allowing their empty jars to be taken. Elisha was generous in his wise words of counsel. And most of all … God was generous to supply her needs and beyond. We serve a generous God!
You will be enriched in every way for all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us. 2 Corinthians 9:11 (HCSB)