This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. – 2 Cor 9:12-13
What is the best act of evangelism we can partake in? Is it not being generous and hospitable with the people we come into contact with? This is truly the message of God, for he gave all of what He had in His son Jesus that we may know the everlasting life of eternity in peace and love. Jesus generously gave of all that He had and never withheld from anyone in need.
Generosity and hospitality are two of the easiest traits to take part. However, these simple acts can have such a profound impact. One of the greatest acts of charity we can do is to be generous with is our time. Our culture has gotten so busy and cram packed full of things and stuff, that when someone takes just a few minutes or an hour to stop and listen to another person, it is seen as one of the greatest acts of kindness.
Giving is not just a suggestion but a command by God. He has asked for this demand on our resources in order that others may take part in the blessings of Christ and in doing so, turn their faces toward Him, offering up prayers of thanksgiving. Do we realize that people see what we do, even when we think no one is watching? They see our acts of kindness and that very thing could be the spark in their life they need to see Christ for the first time.
So today, I must ask, “How do I plan to be generous?” Seek God’s wisdom in this, seek His strength and loving heart in this. If you ask, He will provide you with opportunities to show His love to someone who is in need. Let us keep our eyes and ears open for those who need to talk, let us see those who are in need and provide. Let us give generously of what we have, for we have already been blessed beyond measure and comprehension.