The Art of Generosity: How God Wants us to be
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On a TV show, a competition had reached the peak, and $20,000 was up for grabs!! Only 6 constants are remaining: owner of a chain of restaurants (Gilberts), an unemployed woman whose husband had lost job (Mary), and the other 4. Mary had prepared the best meal, but had forgotten to pick the most crucial ingredient from the grocery. As they progressed, Gilberts and 2 contestants won free trips to the grocery.
Realising the trouble Mary was going through, and that possibly she only needed that one ingredient to win, Gilberts gave Mary the trip to the grocery, freely. Of course she won the $20,000 because of the trip, and her financial difficulties were levelised. The story went viral across that country (not here in Kenya), and such an act of generosity branded Gilberts’ restaurants a home of virtues with a consequent abnormal increase in market share.
Proverbs 11:25 says, “The generous will prosper, those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed”. This is evident in the case of Gilbert. Perhaps he would not have won the cooking competition at last, another contestant might have won. Thus, Mary would have remained with her troubles while his hotels would not have achieved such a widespread popularity.
Isaiah 54:2 reads, “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings. Do not spare, lengthen your cords, and stretch your stakes.”
When we learn to be more generous with the little we have, we see the world changes and open up new opportunities for us. Kindness is one of the fruits of the holy spirit and the same is emphasized in Galatians 6:2 (carry each other’s burdens, and this is the way you will fulfill the law of God).
Proverbs 11:24-25-One gives freely, yet grows richer. Let us relate this to Gilbert’s business performance. Am sure even the other contestants can now secure employment at the restaurants.
However, Paul warns in 2 Cor 8:12 that giving shouldn’t be a burden, but as a matter of fairness from your abundance. But remember for our giving to be a blessing, it must have a sacrificial element, not merely from remains. On Thursday last week, I was ordering shoes worth ksh. 3,999 from an online store. İn the process, i received a call from a close friend here that he has an interview invitation at Eldoret, but has no fare. İ gave him ksh. 2,000 and went to the market where bought black shoes worthy 1100. Luckily, he passed the interview and will start small in a micro-finance come January. My happiness here is that he will now be able to take care of his needs, and that happiness is my payment. Now he has a job, I have shoes. So, let’s not deny ourselves in our acts of generosity, but minimize our luxuriousness to ensure we grow together in both socio-economic and spiritual dimensions.