A Generous Life – The Beauty In Giving
“Beautiful Savior” is one of the all time favorite hymns of the church. Martin Luther said that what is true of Jesus is true of us as well. In his death and resurrection, Jesus gives us all that he has and all that he is, without reservation. That means that you are beautiful just as he is beautiful. Even more, because his beauty is expressed in giving and generosity, your generosity is part of what makes you beautiful. Like God, your generosity flows into the world. As the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 9:8, “God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” Even through a second year caught in the grips of a worldwide pandemic, God grip on you has not slipped. God continues to hold you close and provide for you. Your generosity flows from God’s generosity.
The Nitty Gritty of Great Giving
Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
November 21, 2021
Pastor Mike Brown
What’s So Great About Giving?
He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”
When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.”