I believe that everyone does some form of work. Schoolwork, jobs, chores, and for the fitness orientated people among the reader, there is also something called exercise. We all have different things we view as work. For some, it takes a lot of work to be able to do anything on a computer (they don’t enjoy it), while for others it is so easy that it doesn’t seem like work at all. So everyone should be familiar with the concept of work.
But how does this relate to generosity? Well as was said in our introduction, generosity refers to giving more than is expected. So am I saying that you should be giving more than is expected in your school work? Yes, this is a part of what I am going to say. Are Christians supposed to be working harder than anyone else? Yes, because God wants us to use our talents and opportunities to the best of our abilities. On the other hand though, he doesn’t want us to work ourselves into a coma.
What the Bible speaks out about, is laziness—which is the opposite of work. And no one likes a lazy person. A person who doesn’t pull his or her weight in a project is always really annoying, aren’t they?
“Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the lazy one to those who send him.” – Proverbs 10:26
Now we often blend the definition of lazy with that of rest. God wants us to rest. He commanded the Israelites to set aside a full day for the purpose of resting. Let’s face it, we are not robots and we function a lot better after some rest. However, there is a time and place for it.
We are expected to do our part when it comes to work. Doing the bare minimum doesn’t cut it. We have to do more than what is expected of us. But I am not just talking about our school work or our jobs. I am talking about so much more than that. We should be generous in the work we do in our chores, the work we are willing to put into our relationships, the work we are willing to do for other people. But most of all, the work we are willing to put into our relationship with God and living the way He wants us to, because let’s just have a reality check here for a moment, it requires work to become the Christian God expects us to be, as well as a lot of perseverance.
“So that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” – Hebrews 6:12
Our faith is not an area we should be lazy in, yet I know that I often am. Spreading God’s word is an area where hard work is essential. The apostle Paul does not tolerate laziness.
“For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12
We have to stop being lazy. I am not going to give you any practical advice about how you should be going about being generous, because for the rest of the month our wonderful team is going to tackle specific areas that we can be generous in.
My purpose is to get you into the right mind-set. All of the posts coming out this month are going to require work. Generosity in some cases can be given easily, but for the most part being generous is hard and it is something that we all have to work towards. So prepare yourself, this topic is going to require work. Start the process by a change of attitude. We are expected to work.
Keep working on and persevering in your faith, work hard in everything that you do!