Sometimes I feel a little guilty for overdoing it. (Sometimes I don’t.) But I like to think that that verse in Romans applies to me, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is…giving, then give generously…” I almost feel like God wants us overdo it. Don’t be reluctant, don’t be calculating, don’t give grudgingly. So I make a point not to “count” hospitality. I don’t add up my receipts, I don’t check the budget to see if we’re flush enough, I just ask people. And then I feed them. Maybe I just don’t like math. Maybe I’m a die hard profligate.
Hey, we all tell ourselves what we have to. So I’m just letting you in on my enabling little secret. God loves a cheerful giver.
If it is in your heart to give (whatever it is), I say go ahead. Don’t quench it. I was reading “Being Christian” by Jim Wilson, and he mentioned that institutionalized giving can suppress other ways the Spirit inspires us to give. We can start to think that we have giving covered. But generosity should flavor all of our life. We should be bursting at the seams. If you have the inclination to give, give liberally. In other words, be reckless. The Bible says it’s okay.
Anyways, that’s just my excuse as we entertain every week in March. Good times.
You should try it.