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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Practicing Generosity

In review of 2 Corinthians 9:13 it says, “As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ”

Bottom Line:
Your service will bring honor and praise to the Father as you believe the message about Christ and share it generously.

What this means to me:
The way in which I prove myself by my service and ministry will bring honor and praise to God. As I believe the message about Christ and obey it by sharing it generously with all that come in contact with my life.

What I’m learning is that as a follower of Christ, I need to be generous. It will make an impact to my life.

It aids in being happy. Acts 20:35 says, “Remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’” (NLT). Jesus didn’t say it is not a blessed thing to receive. It does make me happy to receive. But the world tells me that I’ll be happiest when I receive. Jesus however turned that idea around and said that I’ll be happier when I give than when I receive.

It goes along with 2 Corinthians 9:6, “Remember this, whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously” (NIV). I know that I want others to be generous with me. If I choose to be selfish in my life, then I’m not going to reap generosity from God and others. If I want to reap generosity, I have to sow generosity.

My generosity will show the world what God is like. The Bible says, “As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ” (2 Corinthians 9:13 NLT).

As the ultimate example of generosity, I only need to look at the incredible generosity of God. Look at the world I get to live in. Look at the life he gave me. Look at the way he meets my needs. God is the perfect model of generosity. And when I’m generous with others because of God’s generosity toward me, it can help point others to God as well.

Today, I will consider what are some ways that I can sow generosity.

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