First, I need to apologize to my pastor for appropriating his sermon title from yesterday. This title reflected what he had to say well as it does for what I have to say today. So, again, apologies.
God’s generosity. When you think of the word generosity, the first thing that comes to mind is money, right? Come on, you can admit it. That’s why we have so many people in the Christian world claiming that if you just follow this list or this formula, God will be generous and bless you with a great deal of money. This is so far from the truth it’s almost funny.
Don’t get me wrong. Money is important in this day and age. We need to make sure we are giving enough money to support our churches, their staffs, and the work we are trying to do to make sure the gospel is shared in our communities and around the world.
But, money is not the point of this post today. God has blessed us, not only with money, but with everything in our lives. I’ve talked before about the gifts He has given each of us. He doesn’t mean for us to keep these gifts hidden. He means for us to share them for the benefit of His Kingdom.
Matthew 5:14 – 16 says, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
God wants us to shine and to glorify Him, and we can’t do that if we are keeping ourselves hidden. He wants us to pour out the blessings we receive from Him onto others so all can come to know His Glory. This is not something we have to do for salvation, but something we should want to do so others can know about Jesus’ love and how much He loves us. This love is not meant to be bottled up, but to be poured out on others, poured out. I’ve not been the best at doing that, but I want to be better. I want others to see Jesus when they look at me and not have my selfish self in the way. May we all have that same desire!
God’s blessings on you today!