“A man there was, some thought him mad, the more he gave away the more he had.” -John Bunyan
Did you realize that generosity is mentioned more than any other subject in the Bible? There are over 2,350 verses in the Bible about giving. That’s 3 times more than love, 7 times more than prayer, and 8 times more than belief. That’s pretty eye-opening!
Why is that?
Because God is a generous God!
Think about it! God was generous to send his only begotten son into the world for you and me. And God’s son generously laid down His life so that we could have life eternal. What generosity!
My husband spoke recently about the Shunammite woman. She was a wealthy woman who provided meals to the prophet Elisha whenever he would pass her way.
One day she said to her husband, “Behold now, I know that this is a holy man of God who is continually passing our way. Let us make a small room on the roof with walls and put there for him a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp, so that whenever he comes to us, he can go in there.” (2 Kings 4:9-10)
And she did just that.
And on one particular day when Elisha turned into that room to rest, he gave Gehazi, his servant, these instructions:
Call for the Shunammite woman and when she stands before you, say to her, you have taken all this trouble for us; what is to be done for you?
Gehazi answered, “She has no son, and her husband is old.” Elisha said, “Call her.” And when he had called the Shunammite woman, she stood in the doorway.
Elisha said, “At this season, about this time next year, you shall embrace a son.” (2 Kings 11-16)
A year later, the Shunammite woman held a baby in her arms just as God had promised!
In the very doorway that the Shunammite woman built for Elisha, God gave back to her above and beyond anything she could have ever thought possible. That’s amazing!
When we are generous to others, it’s like building a doorway for God to bring blessings into our own lives! God wants to change our paradigm! Have you been living in a season of lack? Think about being generous to someone this week! God hasn’t promised to multiply what’s in our pockets. But He will multiply what’s in our open hands. And it will always return to us MORE than enough!
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He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay them for what they have done. Proverbs19:17
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