by: Dick Cain
John 3:16 is the classic text on God's incredible generosity: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." God generously sends us a Savior to rescue underserving sinners like us from eternal peril .
As we grow as believers, we discover that another one of his purposes in sending his Son was not only to save us, but to move and inspire us to imitate his cheerful generosity. God values generosity so greatly that he gave his beloved Son to create it in his people. It is our privilege and delight to offer ourselves and his resources to the Lord during corporate worship .
Giving has served as a part of corporate worship throughout biblical history . Abel gave his offering in worship (Genesis 4:3). Offering sacrifices was a major part of Old Testament worship (Leviticus 1-5). King David declares, “I will not offer to the Lord that which costs me nothing” (2 Samuel 24:24). The Apostle Paul reminds us that our giving is “a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God” (Philippians 4:18).
James Denney offers all followers of Jesus this challenge: “Ordinary charity is but the crumbs from the rich man’s table; but if we catch Christ’s spirit, it will carry us far beyond that.”
Let us pray that we might catch Christ’s spirit of generosity and become open-handed and open-hearted with all of his resources - time,, talents, and treasures.