The dictionary defines generous as “showing a readiness to give more of something, as money or time, than is strictly necessary or expected.” But, the original meaning implied that being generous was to be “of noble birth.” From a Christian point of view, those distinct definitions actually have a clear connection to one another.
Followers of Jesus who have been born again into a new life with Him — the King of kings and Lord of lords — are now of noble birth despite their earthly heritage. With this new identify comes “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading” (1 Peter 1:4). God provides for our every need as His beloved children, leaving us with an abundance to share with others — more than is “strictly necessary or expected.”
Here are a few specific things you can do that are designed to develop the discipline of being generous.
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Use the suggestions for preschoolers, children, and students as you guide them in the discipline of generosity.
"Do Something" by Matthew West reminds us that God has already provided a way for the needs and problems we see around us to be addressed — us. By giving of our resources, time, attention, and more, we can do something.