Solomon writes, “a generous man will prosper, and he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” Generosity has gotten lost in our self-focuses culture, but it is still an important part of the Christian walk. We are not generous because of what it might get us (prosperity), but because Jesus revealed the ultimate generosity by coming to earth and dying on a cross for our sins. He was not sinful; He had done nothing to earn a death sentence; yet, he generously poured out every part of Himself for you and for me. How can I not be generous towards others? Generosity does produce prosperity in our lives. Though it may not be financial, a generous person prospers with family, friends, church, and even respect in the community. Generosity actually brings refreshment to the recipient by relieving a stressor or meeting a real need. It also brings spiritual, emotional, and even physical refreshment to the giver of that gift. That is another of God’s blessings on the generous person; He refreshes them in every facet of life. He reminds us that “the fruit of the righteous is a tree of life.” Our walk with God greatly impacts the people around us. A tree of life is constantly producing fruit which is exactly what God expects of us. The greatest generosity we could ever show someone is to share the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ to those that we meet in our daily walk. Solomon believes those who “win souls is wise.” Generosity then is tied together with wisdom. When we are generous, specifically with the Gospel, then we receive unexpected wisdom in life. It sounds like a win-win to me. Be generous today with your time, your talents, your money, and your possessions, and be refreshed and enjoy the wisdom that is the fruit of generosity.

Help me, Lord, to be generous today, not for my gain, but for Your glory. Help me to enjoy the prosperity, refreshment, and wisdom that are all fruits of that generosity.