For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. – Colossians 1:16
Who gave you the brains, the health, the determination and the creativity to be successful in life? God has graciously stood by your side to equip you to do what you do. His power enables you to achieve your goals, overcome obstacles and acquire good things that position you, in turn, to be generous to others.
The Bible is clear that the triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is all generous. God the Father demonstrated His love for us; while we were yet sinners, He gave His Son.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. – John 3:16
God the Son, Jesus Christ Himself, was generous to lay down His life in order for you to come into relationship with God and have eternal life. The Lord even gave to His enemies.
No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” John 10:18
The Holy Spirit is generous, too. The Bible says that He gives gifts to His children, including you. The Holy Spirit wants you to move forward in life in Him and through Him. If you deny His generosity or refuse His gifts or want to rely only on your self-sufficiency, the Holy Spirit will not force His generosity on you. He is a gentleman. But the Bible talks about the manifestation of the Spirit:
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.” — I Corinthians 12:4-7
When we are generous, we are reflecting the nature and essence of God Himself. We are being Christ-like and honoring our heavenly Father. Generosity is a blessing to other people, exhibiting the nature of God in us as believers.
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