This past month… has been insane. In fact, the entirety of 2015 was insane. But last month especially, because we got to do something really cool… we had the privilege of sharing our stories with you guys. We took an in-depth look at each of the authors and how God has been working in their lives, and I – for one – learned a LOT. We each have very different stories, but God is the core of each one. We saw His faithfulness and His grace; we saw His plans unfold as we learned to trust Him, give Him control of our hearts and lives, and let His grace change us for the better. We saw moments of struggle and despair… of pride, anger, fear, and temptation… of flat out suffering. But we also saw how we overcame those. We learned about life changing love, forgiveness, and obedience. And we learned that every story matters, because God is at the center of each one.
He’s the center of this blog, and the reason we do it. And we are striving to have Him be the center of everything we do, say… and are… in our own lives. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.
Now, this month, we are talking about something else God needs to be at the center of.
If you look up generosity in the dictionary or on google, the definition will be that it means giving more than what’s expected. But for us, as Christians, it should mean so much more than that. It’s not just about how much you’re giving, but why. It’s about your attitude as you’re giving. We need to hold being generous at a higher standard than the world, because the heart behind generosity is what matters more. It means putting away our anger and being kind, and giving up our wants to be selfless. It means sacrifice. Even when it’s hard, or you don’t feel like it. God needs to be at the heart of it.
Pastor John MacArthur once said, “Generosity is impossible apart from our love of God and of His people. But with such love, generosity not only is possible but inevitable.”
Our love of God is what makes it possible. It’s what should make it unavoidable. Do you know what the greatest example of generosity is? God sacrificing His OWN Son… for US.
In Romans 5:8 it says, “But God demonstrated His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
And in Romans 8:32 it says, “He who do not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all – how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?”
God gave up HIS OWN SON FOR US. I know I said that this month, and this year, have been insane, but this tops that. I mean, we are SINNERS. Broken, dirty sinners… but instead of turning away from us, God chose to sacrifice His own Son that we might be SAVED. If that’s not the definition of being generous, then I don’t know what is.
So if God can be that generous… that selfless and sacrificial… can we, as His children, not also strive to do the same? We may not be perfect, but can we not strive to be like Christ in our generosity? The answer is YES. We can. And we’re going to help you with that. And not just you, but as we dive further into what it means to be generous, we’re going to help ourselves too. Just because we’re writing about it doesn’t mean we’re experts. We learn as we write, and we pray you’ll learn with us… this month, and in the months to follow. We are so excited to share with you, and we are even more excited to see how God works in all of us this month.
So get ready, don’t hold on… really, it’s not as fun that way… and dive in with us.
It’s going to be awesome.