Generosity has the power to make our world a better place. It not only improves the life of the receiver but also improves the life of the giver. And yet, despite the benefits, generosity is still way too rare in our world today. The problem is that people have become too caught up in the rat race. They’ve become so caught up in the noise of the world that they can no longer hear the voice of their hearts. I believe despite popular belief, that most people are generous and kind-hearted but they get easily caught up in a relentless quest to get ahead. This is the reason that the number of people who donate or volunteer has decreased.
It’s a shame that people know the benefits of investing their money for more money and investing their time for money but don’t know the benefits of giving. They don’t know that the joy that comes from giving can far surpass the joy that comes from getting. Studies show that giving boosts happiness, so why avoid something proven to give you happiness?
Think about it this way, if you could live a happy life with no money or be rich and miserable, which would you choose?
Most people would choose happiness and the sad thing is that so many of us chase money expecting it to make us happy. That’s just not how it works. From the beginning of time, God has been telling us that we should give in order to receive. Giving to the needy will benefit you more than you realize. It will improve your physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being. It will educate you about social issues such as mental illness, homelessness, hunger or poverty. And it allows you to do what is pleasing to God. By doing what is pleasing to God, you will surely live a happy, fulfilled and prosperous life.
As Christians, charity is not an optional extra, but an essential practice of faith. We do not give in order to demean or make others feel inferior, we give as an expression of love and obedience to God.
Both the Old Testament and the New Testament contain many Scriptures which show the importance of charity:
“Feed the hungry! Help those in trouble! Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you shall be as bright as day. And the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy you with all good things, and keep you healthy too; and you will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. (TLB, Isaiah 58:10-11)
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.(ESV, Hebrews 13:16)
And the crowds asked [John the Baptist], “What then should we do?” In reply, he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none, and whoever has food must do likewise.” (NRSV, Luke 3:10-11)
But whoever has the world’s goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? (NAS, 1 John 3:17)
“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, (ESV, Deuteronomy 15:7)
He who despises his neighbor sins, but happy is he who is gracious to the poor. (NAS, Proverbs 14:21)
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (ESV, Luke 6:38)
The scriptures above are only a few of the many that have been written. You see, we are meant to be the hands of God on earth. He blesses us so that we can be a blessing. Each of us has something to give, it may be money, it may be time, it may be your talents. Whatever it is, share it with a generous heart.
Giving often and giving much will not make you poorer it will actually have the opposite effect. It will bring the kind of fulfillment and joy in your life that wealth, power and possessions will never be able to match.
I hope that reading this has inspired you to give today. Because the more you give, the more you’ll delight in your giving—and the more will God delight in you. Your giving will please you, it will please the one who receives. But most importantly, it will please God: “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Nicole Munsami is a writer, blogger, and entrepreneur from South Africa. When she’s not busy typing her heart out, she’s usually at some random part of the world clicking photos of gorgeous sunsets. Check out her blog at www.purposefulprincess.com or Follow her on Instagram @nicole_g_m.