The Power of Generosity in Uncertain Times
Given the current pandemic and the financial impact it has had on a global scale, many people are experiencing uncertain times and are just trying to make ends meet day-by-day. There are those who have been able to keep their jobs and have experienced an increase in finances while others have had to deal with a job loss or have gotten a pay cut and are left wondering, how do I give when I am barely making it? What will happen in the near future?
We first urge you to not be discouraged because we serve a God who will supply all of your needs. Philippians 4:19 reassures us that he will do just that according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. But it is really all about the power of generosity. Generosity is not about tithing but about sacrificing and providing an offering based on your heart because your giving is an action and expression of love. Matthew 6:21 tells us that where our treasure is, there our heart will be also and the act of giving can be shown through various actions of the heart.
During these current times, we have seen how Americans have come together to stand in the gap and assist in ways that even our local Government has not been able to. Retired healthcare professionals have stepped in to help with the influx of COVID patients are also volunteering their time to assist at different testing sites, religious groups including COOL Church and other nonprofits have donated masks and supplies to hospitals and healthcare facilities that were in dire need, and various communities have pulled together to ensure that families have access to food everyday through local makeshift food banks.
For some that are wondering, how do I give when I don’t have much? Generosity goes beyond giving of your finances. It can be done through the sacrificing of your time and energy and even allows you to use your talents in ways that can even help save a life. Maybe you don’t have the money to give, but you have the ability to create things and are able to help in making masks for healthcare workers. This form of generosity is valued just as much as the financial gift and is needed during these current times. It could be just what someone needed to ensure that they were safe and protected when they walked into work or came in contact with someone who could have been exposed.
Never doubt the power of your giving whether it be of your finances or of your talents and never limit yourself because things are not the way they used to be. God provides you with the seed needed to sow. Your responsibility is to sow the seed in order for it to grow and in time you will see how your generosity will play a major role in how the world itself gets through these difficult and uncertain times.