Lutheran Home Association Blog

Day 31 of Lent: Generosity

Posted on Wed, Apr 10, 2019

book-2572101_1920Generosity is a concept which is often associated with those who are wealthy or well off.  Nowhere does God speak anywhere close to that.  Quite the contrary, God asks each of us to be generous in the realm and with what he has blessed us.  That is the thought in our verse for today “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” (2 Corinthians 9:6) 

No, you didn’t misread or misunderstand what God said through Paul.  The more generously you sow, the more you will reap and conversely, the more stingy you are, don’t be surprised if God is not as generous with you. 

You probably realize the rationale that many people use.  It goes something like this: “Why should I be generous to them, they’re just going to waste it or won’t appreciate it” or perhaps this is the thought process “I’ve worked hard for what I’ve got and there are others who have so much more and can be generous.”

Not only did God give us the directive in our verses for today, he also practiced it.  Think of how generous he was with us.  I’m not just talking about the way he has blessed us to overflowing.  More than that, I’m talking about how he was so generous toward us with his most precious possession.  He gave his Son to suffer a cruel death after living a life on earth among us.  All of this to pay for the sins of humankind who are often unappreciative and very stingy with what he has given to them. 

If you want a wonderful example of how anyone can be generous, even with very little, read the surrounding verses around 2 Corinthians 8:2 “In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.” They tell the heartwarming story of a group of New Testament Christians who gave generously even though they were hurting in a big way. 

Don’t give up on generosity!  God was generous with you in the way he knew you needed, so you can share that generosity with others.

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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