VERSE: “Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.” — 2 Corinthians 9:13
Practicing Generosity: I suspect that 2020 will throw us the slowest pitch the Christian church has gotten in a long time. Our prayers for revival might be answered if we swing for the fences.
What am I talking about? Money.
If the current economic climate gets worse, people’s financial lives are about to fall apart. Jobs are being cut. Income streams will be drying up. Businesses will close their doors. The last time I checked, the Dow Jones line graph looked like a rock dropped from the edge of the Grand Canyon.
And that could be our opportunity. When we trust our Provider, and do small acts of self-sacrifice by foregoing our wants for the sake of helping a fellow in need, the Christian light could shine more brightly than ever before.
Paul preached this same message while encouraging the Corinthian Christians to give: “... because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.” — 2 Corinthians 9:13
We confess the gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news that God gave His one and only Son, the same Son who gave His life for our sins. What if we accompanied our faith in our generous Lord with small acts of kindness and generosity towards our communities?
Would people finally listen to the gospel we preach? Would their walls come down long enough to listen? Would they be forced to give up their objections and give the church another chance? Would they simply ask us, “Why?”
If just one person hears about the cross, wouldn’t it be worth it? It would be proof, once more, that Christ > Corona.
PLEASE PRAY WITH ME: Holy Father, you know us from before we were born. Thank you for choosing to love us even though we are selfish and self-serving people. Lord, I confess that our acts have not always mirrored my words and have conducted myself disgracefully. Please help me in conducting myself in accordance to Your word, pleasing You in my words and actions. I praise You for Your precious Son, Yeshua — my Lord and Savior. AMEN.
GOD BLESS YOU.