Love Leads to Generosity

They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. 2 Corinthians 8:2-3 (NLT)

My friend Gary is always giving stuff to other people. I keep hearing stories of how he’s given this or that to someone, and it’s kind of surprising because he’s not a particularly wealthy person.

Not long ago I was told that a single mom, a mutual acquaintance of ours, was going back to college. I wondered how she was going to do this given her financial situation. Then one day I was talking to Gary, and although he never confirmed nor denied it, I got a strong inkling he was her benefactor.

Another time, friends of Gary’s were having trouble making ends meet. They had car trouble and were in desperate need of transportation. So Gary gave them his car! That’s just the way he is.

Gary isn’t an attention-seeker, and he likes to keep quiet about his gifts, so I know his motivation isn’t human praise. I think he just really enjoys being generous.

Recently I got a little clue into what makes Gary tick. While having lunch, he told me God had blessed him—and so he just wanted to help others.

In our verse for today Paul tells the Corinthian believers about the generosity of another church. He describes how generosity flowed from their hearts. I want to be more like that. I want my heart to be more like Gary’s. After all, isn’t generosity another expression of love? And hasn’t God loved me like that?

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