Thanksgiving is a day we dedicate to thanking God for all the blessings He has lavished upon us. It’s also a good time to consider how we might likewise develop a spirit of generosity toward others. As Christians, we should seek to follow Christ’s example in every area of life, and that includes giving.
In Luke 6:38, Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” It’s interesting that the verse doesn’t say what is to be given. This scripture is often associated with money, but the context shows Jesus is talking about much more—blessing and loving others, doing good, lending, showing mercy, and refraining from demanding our rights (Luke 6:27-38).
Generosity could be giving of your money to meet a need—or giving of your time to listen.
So where might you find opportunity to develop generosity? It could be by giving of your money to meet a need—or giving of your time to listen. Maybe you could be more open to blessing someone who’s treated you poorly or showing mercy when the natural inclination would be judgmental. Perhaps the most convicting part of the verse is that by our standard of measure, it will be measured back to us.
Developing a generous spirit requires us to take our eyes off ourselves and instead focus on God—and others. I pray this month’s devotions will help you discover how He could use you to bless someone else.