Generosity is a fruit of the Spirit! Paul is very grateful for the generous attitude of the Macedonians, despite their extreme poverty, shown by their willingness to assist the Church in Jerusalem. Paul knew the Macedonians’ giving spirit was not motivated by a desire for praise or recognition but by their desire to serve the Lord. The Corinthian church, on the other hand, though a wealthy church in many ways, had fallen behind in their gifts to the church in Jerusalem. They did not have a generous spirit.
The season of Advent serves as a great reminder of how much God loves us and how he demonstrated that profound love through the birth of his Son Jesus Christ. Advent reminds us to put God first in our lives as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord and to remember the divine promises surrounding his miraculous birth. During Advent, we should take time to celebrate that as Christians we have been set free by the love of Jesus and the promise of eternal life. We need to find ways to be generous in serving others in need by sharing his life-giving love with them. Additionally, generosity changes the giver as well as the receiver.
So, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, let us be generous to other and experience the peace of God. God’s peace is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand since it comes from God as a gift to us to deal with the world around us. Our generous spirit is a tangible sign of our desire to live wholly for God.
Prayer: Lord, during this Advent season, may we allow your peace to help us in preparing to celebrate the miraculous birth of your Son. May we be generous to others and may our prayers of thanksgiving be known to you. We thank you for the peace that Jesus promised his disciples, a peace which surpasses all human understanding; that guards our hearts and minds in Jesus. Amen.