There is an old saying I remember Momma telling us kids when I was growing up: “NEVER SURPRESS A GENEROUS IMPLUSE!” My mother was essentially telling us how to cultivate a generous spirit.
We all know people who have not yet been seized by this biblical truth; they seem to squeeze the quarter so tight is makes the eagle scream! And yet there are others who seem to always be giving . . . and giving with both hands. They live lives marked by generous giving of their time, talent, and treasure. Their generosity gives us a wonderful picture of our generous God.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. (Psalm 23:5)
God is in the business of filling our cup to the overflowing. He overflows our cup with His mercy. He overflows our cup with His grace. He overflows our cup with His goodness. He overflows our cup with His forgiveness. He overflows our cup with His blessings. And He does this over and over again. Who reading this right now has ever had their cup run dry?
Luke’s gospel provides us with a wonderful biblical truth to help generate the spirit of generosity and keep it going and going and going. Our Lord said,
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Luke 6:38)
Let me be clear: we must not give in order to get. When we give, expecting nothing in return, we see another picture of our generous God, who is in the business of giving to His people. When we keep in view just how generous our God has been, is, and has promised to continue being to us, how can we respond in any other way than by generously giving to others . . . ALL others?
Remember, Jesus gave with both hands, and He has the nail scars to prove it. Jesus gave all of Himself to us so that we would be able to spend eternity with Him and all the saints of God. He withheld nothing to redeem us from the dominion of sin, Satan, and death. He paid the ultimate price with His precious blood, graciously letting it flow out of Him and over us in order to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
So . . . how are you doing in the area of never suppressing a generous impulse? When we keep our eyes fixed on the generous Author and Finisher of our faith, the generous impulse will be the confession of our lives.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!