Generosity is always a topic that is winced upon and glazed over. Asking anyone to give of their money or time seems to be like pulling teeth. Yet, God demands our generosity. He asks us to give not so that we would be without so that he can provide more abundantly for us. I’m actually not going to talk about tithe tonight and I’m not going to talk about giving of your time either… I actually want to talk about having a generous heart. The giving of your heart might just be the most difficult for those of us that have been hurt. Let’s remove the latch on our hearts and learn how to give again.

Let’s be real: every single one of us has been hurt. Whether it was from a friend, a love interest, a family member, a stranger, or a co-worker, we have all been hurt on some level. Hurt often creates a barrier around our hearts that we don’t even realize. Slowly but surely, a wall begins to form and before we know it, no one is coming through. If you let it go too long, it will take a miracle of a person to even begin to chisel away at it. This is surely not what God wants for us.

Proverbs 11:24-25 says, “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” I know it’s not easy to let go and allow yourself to be open to hurt again. I went through a really tough breakup right before Jonathan came along and I remember thinking, “No way. I refuse to really let him get to know me.” I basically kept all of my emotions to myself for six months and then I exploded… it was not pretty and not fair at all to Jon. God asks us to give our heart not because it’s nice to be nice to someone but because He knows how much we need to love.

We can’t allow ourselves to be guarded because God created humans to need love and affection to function properly. Yes, God loves you and yes, God is enough for you. But God also created Eve because He saw that it was not good for man to be alone. The whole purpose for the creation of Church is to worship God and be a part of a community. We cannot simply dwell within our own thoughts and not dare to open up to others.

Having a generous heart does not mean to give everything you have over to someone. God requires your love too. What it does mean, however, is to not allow the walls around your heart to constrict you from the life and purpose you were given. We are to be on guard, but not guarded. We are to be cautious, but not withheld. Life is too short to live it halfway. Live open and ready and God will do the rest.

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