You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
// 2 Corinthians 9:11
Kingdom living so often contradicts conventional, modern day wisdom. Brainwashing is not such a bad thing when you think about it! Wait hear me out... You see, I need to constantly be ‘washing my brain’! It gets full of all sorts of impressions, thoughts and ideas that are not truth. They can often be disguised as ‘wisdom’ but I need to ask myself: are they rooted in the wisdom found in the Word and led by the Holy Spirit?
Kingdom generosity often doesn’t make sense in a worldly sense, but when it is placed within the frame of an eternal perspective – it makes perfect sense. To turn the other cheek (Luke 6:29) and be generous in the patience and grace we extend to others does not make sense – but it is the way of Love, God’s way. When the woman with the alabaster jar of expensive perfume – thought to be worth a year’s wages – poured it out on Jesus (Luke 7:36-50), it did not make sense to the other people in the room. “Why this waste?” they asked. To them it looked irresponsible and excessive, but from a Kingdom, eternal perspective it was wisdom and it was the right, honorable thing to do.
We are called to a life that is different. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ you are going to feel somewhat ‘alien’ at times because you live by a different code – the bible says you are a citizen of Heaven, not of this world (Philippians 3:20). You live by the Word of God, not the ways of the world. Generosity regardless of outcome is a culture that Jesus championed. True love is unconditional and people will see the love of Christ through our lavish generosity in love, grace, patience, joy, celebration, gifts, and the list goes on. The Christian is free to be generous in every way on every occasion (2 Cor 9:11) because we understand that the earth and everything in it is the Lord’s, and we are vessels whom God desires to use to pour out His generous love into the world. I’ve learned that as I do my best to cultivate generosity in my life, God continues to pour into my life so I can continue to pour out.
// Georgie Kelsey