For me usually the first idea that comes to my mind when someone uses the word generosity is money. But being generous means that you are showing a readiness to give more of something than is expected or necessary. Sure it could be money. It could be time, talents, connections, possessions, influence, or grace, mercy, love and forgiveness. If you are following Jesus you are called to live generously. To really know if you are being generous you need to know what the opposite looks like. Has anyone described you like this: cheap, selfish, stingy, tight, uncharitable, envious, coldhearted, petty, or greedy.
Some of the results of living ungenerous are: in major debt finically, use people to get what you want, only give your time if it helps you, always wanting more stuff for yourself, wishing you had what someone else has, when you do give something you make sure everyone knows, holding grudges against people, slow to show grace, and you want to make sure people get what they deserve.
Jesus came to show those who were religious that generosity was not just about how much money you give but about living ready to give whatever resources you have to meet the needs of someone else. Are you really generous? Jesus gave us a great example of how we live a generous life and really love people like God loves people.
25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”
27 The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”[a]
28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”
29 The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.
31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant[b] walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.
33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins,[c] telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’
36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.
37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”
Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.” -Luke 10:25-37