“The liberal soul shall be made fat… A generous person will prosper, and anyone who gives water will receive a flood in return… whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:25)
One of the many lessons for me in life is to discover the benefit and the blessing of generosity. God promises that if you practice generosity you shall become ‘spiritually’ fat! (By the way, I was trying to diet and lose some weight when I saw this scripture… I am joking…). The word ‘fat’ means to be prosperous in all things and anointed for ministry! In Hebrew the word ‘liberal’ means to be generous and noble. In the past people believed that kings were chosen by God. The ordinary people expected their rulers to behave like God. One of their attributes was to be kind and generous with their resources. Low class people were stingy and wicked. Generosity of spirit was seen as a royal quality. This generosity is not only about money. It is an attitude of life. You can be generous with your time, emotions, words of encouragement and your desire to help others. Spiritually speaking, a generous person is willing to be a channel of blessing, to be used by God to bless others. God promised to greatly bless such a person!
As an unbeliever I was a selfish and greedy coward. I was afraid to share. I was afraid to become poor. I was afraid to be cheated by others. Things changed after I became saved. I saw that God sent His only begotten Son to die for me, to be my Savior. There is no greater sacrifice than that! I also saw that my Lord Jesus Christ went to the Cross for me and by His death He paid all my debt of sin. I was overwhelmed by this most generous God. I now wanted to be like Him! I wanted to be free to come into His presence and worship Him! I did not want my conscience to judge me for being a greedy woman. I prayed and was filled with His generous Holy Spirit. Little by little I started practicing generosity in every way I could. I gave to the people not just money, but my heart. I gave them my best prayers and my most ‘expensive’ sermons. My heart became free. I started rejoicing in this adventure of giving! Initially, it was fearful because I lost much of my treasure on earth. But then, little by little, I started to reap from my sowing! This liberal lifestyle became a flood of blessings to me! Now, at the hour of my need, I testify that there are so many people who help, pray, encourage, and refresh me. I testify that the Word of God is true! God is faithful to His Word!
Child of God, be a generous and noble soul! Be like Jesus! Your reward will be great on earth and in heaven!
In Christ I declare:
Because I am generous and kind, according to His promise, God will bless me more than I can imagine! To His glory and for my good!
In Jesus’ name