Acts 2

Read Acts 2.

[46] And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts.

Acts 2:46, ESV

When you hear someone described as “generous,” what does that usually bring to mind? For me, it is someone who gives freely of their time or their possessions. I think most would agree that to be a generous person is to be a person who gives, but here in Acts 2:46, notice how the believers are described. We’re told how they shared what they had in earlier verses, but now we’re told that “they received their food with glad and generous hearts.” What I’m getting at is this–generosity includes giving but is also bigger than that. It is a posture of the heart that reflects the character of God, and it is expressed not only in how we give to others in need but also how we receive and experience fellowship. A generous heart is one that is open to those around us, ready both to give and to receive when appropriate. This is the example Jesus set for us in his relationships–genuine, mutual connection. It is the life the Holy Spirit brings to each of us. May we be people growing in generosity as the Spirit works in us today.

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