I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ — Acts 20:35 NKJV
I’ve noticed a trend. Those who are most generous are typically the most purposeful and peaceful people I know. There is something about generosity that puts us in a posture to focus on others more than ourselves. When we live to give, we are living to make an impact on others.
Five effects of generosity:
- It focuses on others more than ourselves.
- It causes us to trust God more.
- It is an act of purpose and intentionality.
- It is a blessing to God and to those who receive.
- It changes us more than it changes the receiver.
Authentic generosity is transformational, not transactional. One gift has a dual impact. The receiver and the giver are both impacted through the process of generosity.
There are so many things we can give to others: our time, our wisdom, our resources, our relationships. I’ve had the opportunity to sit with great leaders, and I am struck by something they say almost every time we get together.
How can I help you?
It’s a powerful question that says whatever I have; I want to offer it to you for your benefit. There are people who say this and don’t mean it, but then there are people who say this and will do everything in their power to leverage what they have for your benefit. You can’t do this for everyone, but you can do it for someone. This question is asked by someone with an eternal perspective. Someone who recognizes everything they have is for the benefit of others. Someone who recognizes everything they have can’t be taken with them after they leave earth.
Jesus was in the “How can I help” business. He constantly asked others, how can I help you? What can I do for you? What do you need?
Generosity makes what we believe spiritually to become a reality practically for those we are serving. John Maxwell says when we help people get what they want, they will help us get what we want. The goal isn’t to get what we want, but it’s to help others get what they want. To help others experience God’s best for their lives. The goal is to live on purpose to impact the world.
Generosity is the key to unlocking the purpose and potential in others and ourselves.
How has the generosity of others impacted your life? How can you help someone else with what you have?