On December 3, 2013, a movement called Giving Tuesday invites us to celebrate and practice generosity.
Let me say that again: it’s a holiday focused on generosity.
This is nothing less than amazing, as Thanksgiving is the only other holiday I know of that focuses on practicing a virtue. (If you haven’t noticed, your newsfeeds might be full of things that your friends are thankful for this month.)
I’m inviting you to invite everyone you know to celebrate #GivingTuesday, because not only does our nation need it . . . but also the world needs it. And we need it.
Giving thanks is easy. Giving is hard.
#GivingTuesday provides an opportunity for us to live as Jesus invites us to live and influence the world through generosity.
When Jesus said things like, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” the early Christians took his words literally. If someone in the church had a need, the rest of the community would generously provide for them, whether that was food, clothing, shelter, or even money. Don’t believe me? Read Acts 2:42-47.
And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
I don’t know about you, but this is what I wish we were known for today—for this kind of reckless and radical generosity—as the early Christians were. Can you imagine the ripple effects this kind of generosity would have in this world?