When we aim towards generosity out of a motivation of being seen and praised by others, or even to impressed by ourselves, then we fail to actually pursue the kind of Christ-honoring righteousness he calls us to.
We’re people drawn to stories and shaped by stories… it’s hard to find a human being who isn’t moved or captivated by a good story. This is because we are created to live in a story— the Christian story.
As disciples, we are willing to be degraded because we recognize we have been upgraded through Christ. We are willing to be treated unjustifiably because we have been justified eternally through Christ.