November 4th 2010

Clothed With Generosity

14th in a Series

“Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality.”
2 Corinthians 8:1-2 (NKJV)

This generosity Paul goes on to explain was motivated by first giving themselves to the Lord. As they did they became aware of the generosity of God towards them. Our God is a generous God. He is not mean-spirited or a skinflint, but abounds in his desire to share everything with us.

Notice how Paul exults in this truth; “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which he made to abound towards us in all wisdom and prudence,…” (Ephesians 1:7-8).

God’s grace is the source of all things for us and he is rich in his grace, which is abundant towards us. In fact it is without limit. There is truly no end to what God will give to us. Paul further encourages the Ephesians by declaring; “the eyes of your understanding being opened that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power towards us who believe,” (Ephesians 1:18). And further; “that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:7).

This generosity serves as an example for us who seek to emulate the life of Christ. Many times we are offered the opportunity to be generous. But many times we allow things to get in the way. These are often the wrong things such as greed, jealousy and resentment. Sometimes it is vanity, the thought that someone isn’t as worthy as me or the desire to put the other in their place or, sadly, even to hurt them by denying some benefit. This does not reflect the mind and generosity of God who gave everything for each one of us. Who seeks only to enlarge us and advance us.

When Paul wrote to Timothy he asked him to remind us all to be generous; “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share,” (1 Timothy 6:17-18).

Let’s take this encouragement to heart and walk as Jesus did, generous in spirit.

Prayer
Father in heaven, our most generous God, help me to reflect the spirit of generosity that describes you and your Son, Jesus Christ, as I make my way through this day.
Amen

Study by David Stirk 

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