Christians are a generous people. Generous people are free of smallness; they are magnanimous and not petty. The Latin root of generous means “of noble birth.” The generous person carries a mark of distinction; they give liberally and they are special.
Jesus was supremely generous.
John 3:16-17 says that because of his love for us, Jesus “gave” himself in order “to save the world,” and 2 Corinthians 8:9 proclaims “he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” In Acts 20:35 Paul is quoting Jesus when he says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Paul is speaking to Christians in 2 Corinthians 9:11 when he says, “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion.” Being generous on “every occasion” includes what you do at work. When you are generous everyone wins. You and the person you help are both blessed, your team or organization improves, and God is smiling at every step.
Generous or stingy?
In the Old Testament, Proverbs 11:25 says, “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed,” and several chapters later in Proverbs 28:22, “A stingy man is eager to get rich and is unaware that poverty awaits him.”
A “stingy man” in the NIV is translated a “man with an evil eye” in the NKJV. The “stingy” person is short-sighted. They think if they give something away there will only be less for them. They are captives of zero-sum thinking, limited by a one winner-one loser mentality, and they are wrong.
God’s ways are different. He is not bound by naturalistic thinking. God multiplies supernaturally. He guarantees that a “generous man will prosper.” Those who hoard their on-the-job gifts are missing out on some of life’s most rewarding opportunities.
Finally, being generous is part of your Christian witness to others, and there are many ways to be generous in the workplace, such as, words of encouragement, mentoring, training, assisting a new hire, helping a co-worker solve a problem, sharing your expertise with another, or going the extra mile to meet a deadline.
Be generous and share your time, skills, and resources.