Author’s Note: If you are looking for the podcast of today’s reading it will be posted later this week.
If there is anything our world needs more of right now, it is love and generosity. Images surround us daily of the tragedy that has befallen our world.
The images reach far and wide from the war-torn regions of the Middle East to our local streets to the pain and suffering of those losing loved ones to the Coronavirus.
As the early Church was forming, they were spurred on to help each other even if they did not live in the same community.
Paul cautioned the Church to not be arrogant about their wealth and to put their hope in the Lord who provides generously for all.
Even during this tough season, the stories shared of God’s provision for those who have been out of work or hurting financially have been staggering.
“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.”Timothy 6:18
Paul was not condemning the believers of his time, but rather instructing them and helping them see how much God had provided for them, and wanted them to do the same for other believers.
Generosity starts in the heart and works its way to your wallet or storehouses. We are blessed, and giving is just an outpouring of the blessing that has been given to us.
How can we be generous today?
If you have the financial means, and you feel called to give, you can support any number of charities that are helping serve in our local and global communities.
Each year, I support the Be Rich campaign at NorthPoint because I feel called to support it, and it’s going to serve those who need it.
Financial support is just one way that we can give generously, we can also serve with our time and love on folks that need it. And that is what we will explore over the next couple of days.
Prayer: Lord, thanks for giving so generously to meet the needs of our communities. Thank you for showing up when we need it and tapping the hearts of people to give. Help me to be generous today in a small way. Amen!