Life of Generosity

“God made all of His creation to give. He made the sun, the moon, the stars, the clouds, the earth, the plants to give. He also designed His supreme creation, man, to give. But fallen man is the most reluctant giver in all of God’s creation.”  – Author Unknown

I have to admit, I have been a ‘work-in-progress’ as it relates to generosity. I have tended to substitute being generous with my monetary resources for the giving of my time, energy and relational connections because those tend to be much easier to give. I have learned, over time, that one of many reasons my posture of stinginess prevails has been due to my misunderstanding of economics. Not economics in the academic sense, but what many have labeled “God’s Economy”.

Perhaps you are like me and you have experienced an economy based in scarcity, where there is a consistent fear of not having enough or not having access to particular things. These experiences are real and often aid us in being wise, discerning and at times stewardly with our resources. But there is often another side to this economy of scarcity. When our posture towards our resources is one of fear and scarcity, we tend to both cling to tightly and to identify to strongly to things that are not to own us but to aid us. St. Augustine knew about this struggle as he is attributed as writing the following, “God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them.” In God’s economy there is always enough and in many cases, abundance.

 

I hope you will connect with us Sunday morning as we again visit a familiar miracle story that illustrates this contrast in detail. I invite you to read Matthew 14 if you want to prepare for Sunday’s sermon.

 

Grace and Peace,

 

Jeremy