During the Lenten season, we have been walking on a forty day journey to a more generous life. Many of you have been reading the Scriptures daily, as well as doing the activities that help open our eyes to the possibilities of living with our hands open. Having our hands open means being ready at any time to meet needs in the world around us. We are finding that this is possible with a new set of priorities in our lives. Our devotional sets out many truths about generosity but three of them have grabbed my attention.
The first truth that helps us set new priorities is that God is the owner of everything. We are taught that we are stewards of his creation. Psalm 50:10-12 says “Every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills… and the creatures of the field are mine… the world is mine and all that is in it.” We learn that he is the provider of every good thing in our life.
Another truth is that we are God’s hands and feet here on earth. His plan is to use us to help meet the needs of others. When there is trouble, crisis, or deep struggle, God calls on us to help. We truly are his hands. When people call out to God for help, God contacts us to help meet those needs.
All of us have stories of the opportunities that God has given us to share with those in our lives.
Last Sunday, I asked everyone to write down a time when they had fun excitement or satisfaction in sharing of time, treasure, or talent. It has been fun to read where God has blessed you as you shared or when God blessed you through the kindness of another person.
It is, however, that third truth that grabs my heart during lent. It’s that truth that God is the best example of generosity. He gave recklessly, without hesitation as he gave his Son. John 3:16 tells the whole story:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that who ever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.
The ultimate example of living with open and generous hands is seen in the picture of Jesus with his nail-scared hands. It was God’s plan that his Son, Jesus, would die on the cross so that we could have life both now and for eternity. That is the amazing demonstration of God’s love. It is my prayer that you will respond to that love, giving your life fully to him. Commit your life to him and let him direct in every part of your life.
~ Pastor Craig