Today’s devotion builds on the thoughts from Sunday’s Sermon – Week 5 of “Compelled – Living the Value of Extreme Generosity” (LISTEN HERE).
What am I supposed to give?
Generosity is more than money.
Generosity is a mindset.
Generosity is a willingness to give what I have for the benefit of another person or especially for the benefit of the kingdom of God.
Generosity is a realization that everything I have, the time I am given, and the abilities and talents I have are gifts from God to be used in service to the Lord and to be blessing to others.
Generosity leads us to use the gifts Spirit of God has given you to serve the Lord and his people.
1 Corinthians 12:4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
What does that look like? Honestly, if you are part of a visible congregation, God has you there to serve in some capacity. Maybe it’s part of a cleaning team or yard crew. Maybe it’s leading or helping in children’s ministry. Maybe it’s calling on shut-ins and the elderly to make sure they are ok. Maybe it’s visiting people who haven’t been in church for awhile. Maybe it’s musical gifts. Maybe it’s technology. Maybe it’s…
I don’t know what it is for you, but generosity motivated by the generosity of Christ moves us to give of our time and abilities to serve the Lord and be a blessing to people. If you are not serving in your church in some way, the body of Christ is hurting because it’s missing your contribution.
Generosity leads us to use our personal possessions or home to offer hospitality or help.
Luke 10:38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.
1 Kings 17 the widow at Zarephath gave of her last bread to Elijah…the Lord provided more “seed to sow” as the oil and flour never ran out!
1 Peter 4:9 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
What might this look like? Maybe it’s using your car to drive someone who can’t drive to a doctor appointment. Perhaps it’s opening your home to host a small group or social activity. Perhaps it’s hosting members of a mission team or outreach team. Maybe it’s making a meal for the fire department or bringing food to a church fellowship gathering. Maybe it’s…
When generosity is our heart and mindset we see everything we have as resources God has given to us to be an impact in the kingdom of God.
Yes, generosity drives our financial giving and support to the Lord’s work, but don’t forget that generosity really flows from a life that has been changed by the generosity of the Lord and is ready to be “all in” for the Lord.
Generosity is more than money…it’s a lifestyle.
Apply: Take inventory of all the Lord has given to you – time, talents, treasures. What happens when generosity permeates your heart and generosity moves you to use them to be active in your church/kingdom of God or influence in another person’s life?
Prayer: Lord thank you for your generosity with which you have blessed me with all things eternal, temporal, and personal. Continue to work in my heart a spirit of generosity that leads me to use all I have to your glory and the blessing of others. AMEN.