03 Mar Giving with Confidence – 3/3/21
Luke 6:38 – “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.“
“How can I repay you?” is a common phrase we all say, hear, and see in action. They want to bless you in the same measure you showed them. The reason being receiving kindness touches one’s heart and causes a response that expresses gratitude. The importance of giving is emphasized numerously throughout the Bible, and this is one of them. We are called to give generously to those in need, without worry, regret or greed; but with gladness and a cheerful heart. We can be confident that the Lord is pleased whenever we use our resources to bless others. Not only does God give us complete security in life, but we are also blessed when we are generous in helping others. “Give, and it will be given to you.” Most importantly, in Christ we are completely secure, which means we have nothing to lose, so we can be generous in every way!
God, thank you for your generous grace you have lavished on us. We respond to your love with worship. Show us what it looks like to worship you in every aspect of our lives. Remind us that in Christ, we lack no good thing; that our treasures are stored up in heaven and not here on earth. Remind us that everything we have is yours. We ask that you work in our hearts to be voluntarily generous in helping others, and also to be a people who show gratitude. Fill us with your Spirit to make us more like You in a world that so desperately needs it. May we be bright lights, that people will be able to see in such a dark world. And we know that in all circumstances, we will rejoice because we lack no good thing, and we look forward to our final destination: the promised inheritance. We trust you completely as you hold us securely in your hands. Because of this we have nothing to fear and have the freedom to live generously and radically for you. All glory to the eternal King. We love you Jesus, Amen.