Hopefully, we all have met some generous people in our lives. In my life, my grandparents on my maternal side were very generous people. If someone had need of something that they had and they knew about it, it would not take long for them to meet the need.

I remember one time, someone they knew needed a car. So, my grandfather gave away his car to this person. The car was not super expensive, but it was a car my grandfather enjoyed driving and was valuable to him. They gave away money, things from their home, things from their business, and even land because someone had need of it. They loved the Lord and loved others, and it showed through their generosity.

I did not fully understand why they were so generous until I connected their generosity to God’s generosity. My grandfather and grandmother surrendered their lives to the Lord early in their marriage. From that point forward, they saw their gift of salvation as an immense act of generosity from God Himself. They knew that they did not deserve God’s forgiveness. They realized they fell short of the glory of God, yet because of God’s generosity, they could have their sins forgiven and receive the gift of salvation.

God has given us many wonderful gifts. From the air we breathe, to the food upon our tables, and much more, God has extremely blessed us. However, there is one gift that stands out above the rest: His Son, Jesus. John 3:16 tells us that God so loved the world that He gave us Jesus. Romans 6:23 states that, “For the wages of sin is death, but that the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.” The Apostle Paul, speaking of Jesus, wrote in 2 Corinthians 9:15, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” God through His great generosity gave us His Son, the greatest gift ever given.

God’s generous gift of His one and only begotten Son is the supreme example of self-sacrificial giving. My grandparents, upon receiving this indescribable gift, saw no other way to live than to be generous with all they had. I believe their generosity was great evidence of the spiritual transformation of their lives, and it was very becoming.

It is not easy to be generous in a world that tells you that you deserve to get all you can and to enjoy all the profits of your hard work. Yes, you should enjoy life, but I don’t think it is found in what you keep or own, but in what you give away.

I can not think of a better way to say “Thank you Lord for your indescribable gift” than to be generous with all God has given you. Start down the path of being generous with what the Lord has given you, and before long people will start to say, “Generosity becomes you!”

Rev. Nathan Buchanan is pastor of First Baptist church of Mineral Wells.

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