Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Being Generous [+] Tuesday E-Devotion

When you love, you are generous.  See how you treat your kids or how other parents love to give to their children.  The same is true with our God.  He loves to give to His kids.  It is His character and His nature to be a giver.  Think this one through with me:

John 10:10 (nlt) --- The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

John 3:16 (nlt) --- For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

God offers and gives us life.  He has given us His son.  Both are real life, spiritual and physical.

Ok, that is the short list of how God wants to and has given to us.  Here is the deal.  Turn it around.  Choose to give.  Be generous.

Margaret Feinberg talks about God being a generous God in her book The Organic God .  In the series we are in at The Community Fellowship, we talked Sunday that one way to maintain an eternal perspective is to be a giver.  Leave materialism and greed behind and be a giver.

That is when we are like God and point others to Him ... when we are giving.

Choose some ways to give today: buy a person's meal that you know is hurting, buy some groceries or some gas; write a card to someone you know that is on the edge of life, go visit someone ... do something to be a giver and not a taker.  Giving can include any of the following: money, time, energy, other resources, effort, possessions, heart, hugs, pen and paper, phone calls, prayer and more

There are two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers.  Which one are you?  I want to be known as being generous.  I want the people around me to know that we serve God who is always being generous.

Matthew 25:35-40 (nlt)  --- I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home ...  when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!'

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