Theme of the Week: Reflecting God’s Generosity
Bible Verse: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Scripture Reading: John 3:1-21
We’re coming into a season when generosity seems to come a little easier. The holidays have a way of opening our hands a bit easier. The cold weather bell-ringers seem to strike a chord in our spirits and we look for a bit of change to slide in the red kettles.
We don’t necessarily have any more to give at this time of year, but the reasons to withhold aren’t as convincing as they are at other times of the year. What is it about the holidays that make us a little more patient, a little quicker to smile, willing to let the other person in front of us in line (although when it comes to that last toy on the shelf, our generosity might hit its limit).
We could just chalk it up to the culture embracing the idea that it’s a season of giving and giving of all kinds. But as Christians, we know why Christmas is associated with giving. This season reminds us of the greatest gift ever given, and so we in turn give a little easier during this time of year.
But like our God, our generosity should not be restricted to a certain season. Our God is constantly generous. He gave and He gives. Likewise, we as his children should give like our Father.
In the next few days, we are going to look at why, what, and toward whom we can be generous. Some of this may make us uncomfortable. You may be tempted to find all sorts of reasons why these ideas are wrong, or at least don’t apply to your situation. Stick with the week. Let’s see if we can come to a new appreciation of God’s generosity. Because, if we truly look at what He has given, we will see our own opportunities to be generous a little bit clearer.
Prayer: God, you are the giver of all good gifts. Jesus was the greatest gift you ever gave, and you gave him to everyone in the human race. Thank you for your gifts. Help me to appreciate them and to be a giver like you are a giver.
Reflection: Would you consider yourself a generous person—generosity can have many expressions? What reasons do you have for not being (more) generous? Spend some time thinking about God’s generosity and reflect on if your approach to generosity comes from God or not.
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