Living a life of Generosity is an imitation of the essence of God in Christ. While God is the source of all truth, all life, all things known and unknown, it is also easy to say that the essence of God is grounded in Generosity and Love. God, the source of love, acts generously in God’s relationship with humanity – extravagantly so! God’s desire is that our lives are ones enshrined in generosity – the virtue of being liberal in giving and loving others. Holy Scripture commends over and over God’s desire for human beings to enjoy the life of being committed to generosity. Might this mean that God wants something for us rather than from us? That is, out of generous love for us, God wants our life to be made full by the blessings that come to us when we live with generous hearts. Yes, when it comes to being a generous person, God wants more for us than from us. The Apostle Paul encourages us to live such a life of imitating Christ’s life of generosity when he wrote, “You are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.” (1 Timothy 6:18-19)
How might we define a life of generosity, what does it look like? A life of generosity is seen through actions described by the following words: sharing, giving, creative, reliable, purposeful, welcoming, committed, wisdom, dependable, loving, grateful, genuine, faithful, alternative, thankful, engaged, centered, free, selfless, listener, action, caring, sincere, empathetic, friendly, sacrificial, etc.
For 2020 as you prayerfully consider the generous financial gifts you will make to ensure the mission of your parish, we encourage you to first begin with a prayerful exploration of how everyday of your life is one lived from the value of generosity in the way that Christ’s life for you was and is one of generous love. Examine what life you have taken hold of. Is it a life that really is life?
The Rev. Brad Whitaker
Generosity is an important part of our spiritual growth. It increases our faith in God and connects us to one another and to the world. We ask everyone in the St. Paul’s community to commit a portion of his or her income to support our ministries as an active downtown parish. Annual pledges support everything we do — outreach and social action, music, education, and ministries for our children, youth, and families. Every pledge has a significant impact, and an increase in your yearly giving is magnified dramatically when we join together in generosity.
How Much Should I Pledge?
Determining what to pledge is an important decision. We encourage you to pledge an amount that is both responsible and generous. Proportionate giving is a process of knowing what percentage of your resources you are contributing to St. Paul’s. This chart can help you decide how much to pledge to St. Paul’s during 2020.