When Jesus told the rich young ruler to sell everything, it was to show first where the man’s trust and heart was, but also to show that we need to have a giving spirit. Generosity is all well and good when we have plenty to share, but it’s amazing how often are the poor are more generous than the rich. The meek ones are the most ready to share.
Give and it will be given to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. (Luke 6:38)
When we are transformed by the renewing of our mind, we begin to see the big picture that Jesus teaches. We begin to see with His eyes, love with His heart. They will know we are Christians by our love. Kindness should flow out of us, not as an afterthought, but with purpose. We are a body, united by His sacrifice, so we should have the utmost respect and kindness for each other. And that kindness should spill out to those we don’t even like outside of the church. That’s what brings them to salvation. Humble yourself before God and ask Him to give you a generous spirit then start looking for ways to give. It’s a win-win scenario.