Today the subject is generosity. What is generosity?
Liberality in giving, amplitude, magnanimity, nobleness, greatness, largeness… To be generous is to have a big heart, open and eager to do good. Yes, generosity is to do it good, and to do it with pleasure!
Read the Bible Story here: Genesis 13.
When God called Abram to go to the land He would give him, Abram had to trust and obey. He had no Bible, as we have, nor did he have the testimony of previous generations who had seen God’s hand in their lives. But this man trusted, and he was called a friend of God. Wonderful!
The riches of both these men were the reason they had to go separate ways. Abram was generous and let his nephew choose where he wanted to live. Lot chose the best part of the land for himself. The generous Abram did not object; something I would like to emphasize. It is said that “to be generous is to be in partnership with God.”
Because of his experience of living close to God, Abram knew that it was better to give than to receive. He knew the law of sowing and reaping (see Galatians 6:6-10).
If we sow goodness, we will reap goodness.
If we sow love, we will reap love.
If we sow generously, we will reap abundantly.
If we sow selfishness, there will be no good harvest.
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully… for God loves
a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6,7
To teach about generosity we have the example of three kinds of givers. We have flash-cards and a PowerPoint to illustrate it. May God help us to be givers like honeycomb, which overflows with its own sweetness.
Welcome to read the story #28: Abram’s Generosity
Next week we will have a story to promote friendship. Then we will make a break with the Salt and Pepper story and have a story of some imaginary children that cross the Red Sea and follow Moses on the wilderness journey.
May God bless you abundantly!