How often do you hear the words ‘Wow, that’s generous!’? Perhaps you have offered to lend a friend a large amount of money or given away a piece of furniture to someone more needy, maybe you bought an expensive round at the local or taken a bottle of wine and some chocolates to a social gathering. Maybe you simply gave up your seat on the train (to that lady you thought was pregnant!) or offered to do the washing-up that has been sitting fermenting for the last six weeks. Maybe, like me, your generosity stretches to about one good deed a fortnight, as long as it doesn’t clash with Match of the Day.
The truth is I’m about as generous as Ebenezer Scrooge and Deborah Meaden at a School fete, however as I’m looking forward to (significantly) increasing my generosity over Lent for 40acts I’m reminded of the ultimate act of generosity, an act of generosity that is overlooked by millions of people every year. An act of generosity that I so quickly overlook, push to the side or forget. Ladies and Gents, Lords and Lasses, Sheila’s and Bruces, Posh and Becks; this is what it is all about, the God who loved us so much he was willing to come down to earth, become one of us, and willingly suffer death on a cross so that we could again be united with Him.
As Jesus himself puts it ‘Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends’ (John 15:13)
Now if that is not generosity then what is? And if this doesn’t spur us on through our acts of generosity what will? So, watch this clip, be inspired, worship Him and crack on!