Remember, from the World’s perspective, giving is a sacrificial transaction that serves some kind of selfish interest or motive. In the Dominion of God, however, to give is to gain and grow in love; giving is a fundamental principle woven into every element of creation.
Born from the root of life—the source of all light, beauty and creation—generosity is the overflowing expression of love. Giving increases our ability to receive and reflect the beauty and the nature of God Himself. The more we give in love, the more we receive back in kind. We reap what we sow. There is no risk of losing investments in the Kingdom; we will always receive a return.
to give is to gain and grow in love
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”
Giving reflects and partners with the divine nature of our beautiful creator. When He gives, he gives of Himself, and He is never the poorer for it.
Beauty & Generosity
The enemy can no longer understand the true nature of beauty, for “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” The true nature of beauty is this: to freely give. Beauty gives of itself and loses nothing in the act. Remember our astronomical analogy? The truth is written into the fabric of creation. The star shines and is beautiful. The star’s beauty is the unconscious generosity of its being.
This is the place where we have the most to give, and nothing to lose.
We are most beautiful when we are our most authentic selves—anchored in love—unhindered by conceit . This is the place where we have the most to give, and nothing to lose. This is the blessing of giving, because it opens the door for us to experience, exercise and abide in the endless rest and freedom that is our birthright as children of “the Father of the heavenly lights, with whom there is no change or shifting shadow.”
The Measure of Love
Generosity is much more than a good trait to have. It is the practical way to measure the degree to which love is working in and through an individual. Generosity is not merely something we should be demonstrating now and then; it is an essential ingredient in authentic, living and active faith.
Generosity is the visible manifestation and the demonstration of love. Jesus Himself is the generosity of the Father. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son…”
The Father’s love for the world is measured by what He gave for it.
The Father’s love for the world is measured by what He gave for it. He could give nothing greater than His one and only Son, who loved us and gave himself up for us.
For generosity to actually be generosity, it has to be rooted in—and inspired by—selfless love. This is love that gives without the desire or expectation to gain selfishly. That is not to say nothing is gained (this is what fallen selfishness cannot fathom), but the desire of a generous spirit is to stimulate and generate the growth of love in the recipient. It’s like planting a seed in the soil, so that the land itself will bear the benefit of the life and beauty that springs up from its earth. Love begets love; and, love is the ultimate reward.