Generous Reflection - April 30 - May 6
When we give faithfully and generously, we demonstrate God’s redeeming grace that is alive and well within us. Because of God’s grace, we are empowered to give. Our giving is a spiritual response to God out of gratitude for all that he has done for us. Giving in response to God’s love should be our primary motive for giving. Giving to meet our church’s budget is important, but it should not be our primary reason for giving. Through the giving of our first and best to the Lord, we worship and honor him.
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The Mighty Ant
The common ant is one of God's most amazing creatures. An ant is able to cary 50-6- times its own weight. An ant uses this ability in order to bring food back to the entire colony. People have amazing abilities too, as well as an imagination that allows us to put these abilities to a multitude of uses! You have no idea how much you can do to use your abilities to help mankind until you try. In our complex society, everyone's abilities and skills can be put to use to improve all of our lives.
Christian stewards recognize that these abilities were all given to us by God and that the ultimate reward comes in putting them to use in God's service. In Galations 5:13, Paul writes:
"You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love."
Using our abilities in service to one another ultimately transforms our lives. The current issue of Stewardship makes this point clearly in a story about a young artist named Joseph Peterson who used his abilities and imagination to spread God's Word and built a very successful Gospel card business, while fulfilling the lives of many others.
Prayer: Gracious and loving God, help us to glorify you in all that we do and serve you with diligence and dedication. Threough Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen.