By Amy Hauptman

You Were Made to Give

Since the beginning, God has woven the beauty of giving into the very fabric of creation.

Every sunset, every mountain, ocean, and river, every corner of creation declares the beauty of God’s generosity. From the color of our eyes to our Myers-Briggs personality type, every aspect of our being sings of God’s generosity. Every family member, relative, and friend—those who love us unconditionally—is a living, breathing expression of God’s generosity toward us. And God’s desire for reconciliation despite a world of brokenness proclaims God’s immeasurable generosity toward all.

God is a giver, and his generosity is beautiful.

In the Bible, the metaphors used to describe God reveal him as one who gives constantly, again and again: “the spring of living water” (Jeremiah 2:13), “the vine” that sustains the branches (John 15), “living bread” (John 6:51), and the living Word (John 1:14).

God wants us to understand that his generosity is foundational to who he is.

God Gives . . . Even When It’s Painful

God gives because he loves. He loves us with an everlasting love. And he wants us to know him and his love to the fullest—now and eternally.

God’s love is not something that we can buy or purchase on our credit cards. It’s not something that we can earn. God’s love is . . .  a gift.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17)

God was even willing to give up the most precious thing in the world—his Son, Jesus—so that we might be reconciled to him. And Jesus’ giving was painful. There is no greater example of earthly love or generosity than God’s greatest act of generosity—sacrificing his own Son so that we may live and be reconciled with him.

This act of love should drive us to respond to the generosity we’ve received.

Giving Transforms Us

When we give, our hearts align with God’s. And this is a gift!

Giving and generosity lead us and others to experience true life. And they give us a glimpse of God’s eternal kingdom.

I wonder if this is what Jesus meant when he said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth . . . but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:19-20).

Maybe Jesus is saying that how we give shows how we love.

And how we love matters.

Giving Tuesday

Today, Giving Tuesday, we have one small opportunity to acknowledge the unquantifiable generosity of God in our lives through one small (or big!) act of giving.

So give (and give again) with joy and store up treasures that last. (See our infographic for more convincing.)

This is what we were made for.

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Amy Hauptman worked for InterVarsity for a number of years, first as a campus staff member at the University of California–Davis, the University of Nevada–Reno, and Truckee Me

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