Sunday, May 19

generosity: that which is most precious

“And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.  And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light . . . when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” Matthew 17:1-2 & 5 (ESV)

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (ESV)

When you hear the word ‘generosity’ what first comes to mind? For many, we immediately think of money. This is not wrong. How we use our money plays an indispensable part in the generous life. If we only zero in on money, however, our generosity will remain shallow.

Read through John 3:16 again and consider the nature of the relationship between God’s love for the world and the expression of that love. He gave his only Son.

What stands as the greatest obstacle between eternal life and you? We tend to think our sin does. While certainly an obstacle, the Bible suggests something greater stands in our way (or, better stated, stood in our way). Notice God’s words regarding Jesus in Matthew 17:5. “I love my son. I delight in my son.” God’s love for and delight in Jesus towered as the greatest obstacle between eternal life and us. This makes God’s willingness to give Jesus that much more radical. God did not accomplish our salvation by giving something he finds insignificant. He accomplished it by giving that which he finds most precious.

Our starting definition of generosity, then, is the giving of something precious.

Question: How does perceiving your eternal life as an expression of God’s generosity challenge your perception of what it means to live generously?

Justin W.