At its most basic, generosity is the overflow of a heart filled with God’s spirit. But how do we tell the difference between generosity and the other fruits of the Spirit? As Jesus pointed out in the parable of the widow’s mite, it’s not a matter of quantity, but of the state of the giver’s heart. Generosity is joyful giving, but that doesn’t mean it comes easily or without pain.
Maybe generosity is not a point on the map, where we’ll arrive one day after much straining. Instead, maybe generosity is more like a journey, marked by ever increasing giving of our money, our time, our talents, ourselves. Generosity is what happens when we let go of our idols and take hold of the life God intends for us.