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Why I’m Not Generous


            I’m not very generous.  I’d like to be, but what is it that keeps me from being generous?


            Generous is from the root word genus which is reference to birth, blood or family.  It is a quality that reflects a condition of the heart, mind and soul.  Classically, it was defined as nobleness of soul.


I like that:  nobleness of soul.  We don’t talk like that anymore, but perhaps we should.  What does it means live a noble life?  It sounds like something grand of knights and castles, codes and creeds.  It sounds like something pure.


What gets in the way of living a noble life?  So often it seems that I have this need to justify myself.  If I sense wrong-doing to myself, a slight, a misdeed, I withhold my good as justification.  I want to be made right.  I demand justice.  Do you know what I’m saying here?


How misguided!  How desperate I am to understand real justification!  Paul understood this idea.  He wrote: 


Consequently, just as condemnation for all people  came through one transgression, so too through the one righteous act came righteousness leading to life  for all people.  Romans 5.18


Only the sacrifice of Christ provides the opportunity for justification.  I cannot justify myself.  So in my day to day attempts to justify myself I actually become an inhibitor to the grace of God multiplying in and around me.  Ouch.


Lord, teach me this thing called the Gospel, the good news of Christ, that tells us that “…how much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one man Jesus Christ multiply to the many!”  Romans 5.15

About Bill High

Bill is CEO of the Signatry: A Global Christian Foundation. He works with families, individual givers, and financial advisers to share the foundation’s message regarding biblical generosity and charitable giving. » Learn More. He is the co-author with David Green of Giving It All Away and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously.

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