Generosity (and Thankfulness)

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This week's devotional is from Pastor Jeff.

ENCOUNTER:  Read 1 Timothy 6:17-19

"...but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment..."

Oprah's example of generosity (You get a car, and you get a car, and you get a car...) makes us laugh because it was just SO over the top.  What a great moment in our pop culture history.  But for the more cynical among us, we think to ourselves, "Yeah, well, of course she and a major US automaker can be generous... They have SO much money."

You know what?  The picture of Oprah giving generously out of her abundance is not that far off of what our experience is like as believers in Jesus!  When we surrendered our lives to the Lord Jesus, we received all the spiritual blessings in the heavenly realms (Eph. 1:3); we were given the keys to the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 16:19), and we are promised life at it's fullest (John 10:10).  We are adopted into the family whose father "owns the cattle on a thousand hills"! (Psalm 50:10)

So it is not surprising that when the apostle Paul was teaching on giving to the Corinthian church, he challenged them to sow generously concluding that "God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." (2 Cor. 9:8)

BE REFLECTIVE:

If this is true, dear friends, then here are some weighty truths upon which it would serve us well to reflect:

  • I am rich in Christ
  • I have everything I need in abundance
  • I honor my savior by living in a state of thankfulness
  • Grateful that I have received such generosity from God, I am able to abound in being generous myself.

BE A BLESSING:

Over this Thanksgiving weekend, let's lean into the Lord, remembering all of our blessings in Christ and in gratefulness seek ways of "sowing generously."  Let's ask him how we can be a generous blessing to someone he wants us to love.

BE TOGETHER:

We are hoping that you are increasing your connections and depth of connections with other believers who desire to walk out a life of generosity.  Rehearse with others this week how thankful you are for what God has done.  Practicing the spiritual discipline of "Thankfulness" together will inspire you to be the generous Jesus follower you were meant to me. (And join us on Sunday morning for a special Thanksgiving worship gathering.)

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“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God." - 2 Cor. 9:10,11