What is Transformational Generosity?

By The Signatry 2 months ago. Family ValuesGenerosityAbout The Signatry

The Signatry endeavors to inspire transformational generosity.

We use this term often as an organization, but what does it mean? While generosity is often equated with financial giving, it goes beyond just how much money we are willing to donate. Transformational generosity means shaping families, changing the way we think about our resources, and most importantly engaging a biblical view of generosity.

The effects of this form of generosity echo beyond any bank account, check, or instant gratification. So how do we engage this shift in how we give? It begins by unpacking a few major characteristics of giving that we see in Scripture.

Transformational Generosity is Intentional

In Matthew 25, it is no mistake that Jesus focuses on clothes, food, water, and community. He never mentions money at all. In the parable of those on the right and left of the throne, those who are blessed sought to impact their neighbors directly through tangible forms according to their need.

Our giving is not just about a transaction out of an account to check a box, to feel better about our status in comparison to others or to receive a worldly write-off for our good deed. Transformational generosity comes when we seek impact for the lives of our brothers and sisters. It is a focus shift away from only dollar amounts. It comes in many forms, such as volunteering our time and resources. Is your generosity, whether financial or not, followed through with love, care for the fulfillment of the need, and refined according to its efficacy?

 

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ — Matthew 25:34

Transformational Generosity is Cheerful

When we talk about giving cheerfully, questions that often stand in the way are “How much can I afford to give?” or “Is my giving enough?” Scripture offers a different prescription to giving that does not require an analytical formula or pouring over a ledger.

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 complements the stories of the widows in 1 Kings 17 and Mark 12, who, without reluctance, desired to give of all they had, despite having little. Sowing generously and reaping generously is not a finite amount, but is an evaluation from the heart, and is a joyful overflow of love.

Transformational Generosity is Connective

The stories of generous people in the Bible also show how a generous heart connects communities and knows no boundaries. In Luke 10, it is the outcast Good Samaritan stepping forward to help the man who was robbed on a rural road to Jericho. In Acts 2:45, the earliest believers “sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.”

Just as God gave His only Son, who paid the price for all who have sinned, our giving should be reflective of that same love, connecting it with those who may have never known it before.

Transformational Generosity is First Fruits Driven

Numbers 18:12 states that, “all the finest new wine and grain they give the LORD as the firstfruits of their harvest.” In many places throughout the Bible, the idea of giving first was an acknowledgement of God’s ownership over all things, rather than merely of what is left over after fulfilling our own needs. Giving of our first fruits is not a tithe but a gift out of a portion that is normally meant for ourselves.

Transformational generosity can really begin to occur when we have faith in returning what is God’s. Our biblical generosity will be used to spread joy, connect communities, share the love of Jesus, and intentionally impact the beautiful Kingdom of the Lord.

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