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Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Most Generous God

Today I'm reading 2 Corinthians 9:8-15 (The Message)

8-11 God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it,

He throws caution to the winds, 
giving to the needy in reckless abandon. 
His right-living, right-giving ways 
never run out, never wear out. (Psalm 112:9)

This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.

12-15 Carrying out this social relief work involves far more than helping meet the bare needs of poor Christians. It also produces abundant and bountiful thanksgivings to God. This relief offering is a prod to live at your very best, showing your gratitude to God by being openly obedient to the plain meaning of the Message of Christ. You show your gratitude through your generous offerings to your needy brothers and sisters, and really toward everyone. Meanwhile, moved by the extravagance of God in your lives, they’ll respond by praying for you in passionate intercession for whatever you need. Thank God for this gift, his gift. No language can praise it enough!

A generous God. In what ways do you see God's generosity at work in your life? It may not be financial. That's how people usually think of it. Certainly we are blessed, even the poorest in America have more than most people in the world. If you have a roof over your head, electricity, a cell phone, clean water, indoor plumbing and heat - you're way ahead of most people on the planet.

But God is generous in other ways. He gives us people. He gives us his Church. He gives us his presence within. 

So take some time to reflect on God's generosity in your life today. And how that should affect your generosity - your financial giving, your service, your volunteering, your prayer. 


Thanks for your prayers for my mother-in-law. She's recovering and the doctors are optimistic. She's breathing on her own and is being moved out of ICE to a regular hospital room, and then when she's a little stronger, to rehab.

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