Week 3: May We Be Generous

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16

At the heart of our relationship with God is a gift. God so amazingly gave us the gift when we had nothing to offer Him in return. As a matter of fact, He gave this gift to us before we were even aware. John says it so beautifully in likely the most well-known verse in the bible, “For God so loved the world that He gave…(3:16)” God’s primary expression of His love toward humanity was this great gift, the gift of Himself. He gave Himself to us so that we could be with Him and have a relationship with Him. His love for us was so powerful that it moved Him to action and that action showed up in giving. God’s love, when fully realized and active, always results in giving. God is truly generous, and He has called us to BE GENEROUS.

Generosity is a way of being that leads to a way of doing life. When we are generous, we live our lives beyond ourselves. We live at the ready, looking for ways to freely give and give more than is strictly necessary or even expected. Being generous means we look for a place to invest, to give, to freely and abundantly help others with our time, talent, and treasure with no strings attached.  

Generosity can take many forms in our lives. We give through our finances, as the Bible instructs, but generosity extends beyond our bank account and moves into the lives of those around us. Generosity may look like the investment of friendship, time spent in fellowship, a phone call to check on someone, a meal delivered to the house of a sick friend, or any other act of kindness that flows from your life to the lives of others. Those small moments of generosity can easily pass us by if we aren’t on guard and watching for them. May we be generous and give in response to the great generosity we have been given by our Savior!

The Five-Minute Challenge
We know that in order to make something a regular part of our lives, we must practice it daily. To BE GENEROUS, we have to continually live in the love of God that always results in giving. The challenge this week is to take five minutes a day to practice being generous.  

To prepare for the week ahead, make a list of 5-7 ways you can be generous in response to God’s love in your life. Some examples may include: help a co-worker with his/her responsibilities, do a family member’s chores, deliver a meal, offer to pick up groceries, or take a neighbor’s trash can to the street. The act of giving does not have to be big; the smallest acts of generosity trigger a ripple effect that impacts beyond what we might imagine.  

Begin each day with a prayer of gratitude for what God has given to you and ask Him to show you where, how, and to whom to give your five-minute favor each day.

We have all been given so much from our great God! He began our relationship simply by giving Himself to us. What an amazing expression of generosity that was! Why don’t we pay that forward? Let’s all agree to find a way this week to reach out in relationship and show generosity to someone else. Let’s let the love of God that moved Him to give to us now move us to give to someone else.  May we BE GENEROUS

Video devotions

God’s primary expression of His love toward humanity was the gift of Himself. He gave Himself to us so that we could be with Him and have a relationship with Him. Jeff Powell reminds us today that God’s love, when fully realized and active, always results in giving. May we BE GENEROUS…

POA kids

Did you know it is easy to BE GENEROUS?! As you will discover in today’s POAKids Connection, generosity can be given in three easy ways. Tune in as Amber Eskew shares tips for for those three ways and shares what it means to be generous!

Music devotions

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine
Oh what a foretaste of Glory Divine
Heir of salvation, purchased of God
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood
-Fanny Crosby

This is, indeed, our story and song: born of His Spirit, washed in His blood, and made new by our Great Generous God. In this beautiful worship moment, the worship team brings the standard hymn to us in a fresh way today as a reminder that because HE gave we can BE.