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Generosity

04 February 2021
‘Then you will always have plenty of everything – enough to give to every good work.’

God doesn’t just love us – He lavishes us with love (take a look at 1 John 3:1 NIV). He doesn’t give out a little bit of wisdom – He ‘gives generously to all without finding fault’ (James 1:5 NIV). God loves to be generous and give us more than we expect or deserve. The Prodigal Son got the fattest calf. The guests at the wedding in Cana got the best wine. Peter caught so many fish that his boat started to sink. Paul tells us that God ‘supplies seed to the sower’ (2 Corinthians 9:10 NKJV). The Greek word for ‘supplies’ is epichoregeo, which comes from a root that can mean ‘dance’ or ‘leader of a chorus’. It paints a picture of God being so full of joy to be giving things to us that He sings and dances as He does it. He really does delight in giving and being generous! One day Peter said to Jesus, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you. So what will we have?’ (Matthew 19:27 NCV). Basically, Peter was saying, ‘What’s in it for me?’ We might expect Jesus to have disciplined Peter for his attitude. But He didn’t. Instead, He assured Peter that ‘all those who have left houses, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children or farms to follow me will get much more than they left, and they will have life forever’ (v.29 NCV). God doesn’t gives out His goodness one tiny drop at a time – His goodness overflows so we can’t contain it. And because we receive abundantly, we can be generous in whatever we give to others: ‘Freely you have received; freely give’ (Matthew 10:8 NIV). So let’s allow our generosity to bubble over, spill out and bless others abundantly too.

What Now?

How could you be generous today? As you’re giving, picture yourself singing and dancing for joy as you share with others.

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