Jesus Was Generous

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The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out [John 1:14]

Jesus moved in to the neighbourhood. He was one of a kind. Jesus came as a Messiah not in power and authority but rather in humility, to serve rather than to be served. He would lay down His life instead of elevating Himself. He would give Himself willingly for us who could give nothing in return.

This is generosity at a whole other level.

This kind of generous was an inconvenient kind of generous.

This kind of generous was an any time kind of generous.

This kind of generous covered all aspects of His life. And now as reflectors of the love and light of Jesus we are call to this kind of generous. To be people of kindness, compassion, encouragement, forgiveness. People generous with our time and our resources.

Let’s take a moment this Christmas to be generous. To be the right ‘one of a kind’. Look for an opportunities to make a difference. To notice people. To invite and include them in our worlds. After all, when we care, we are blessed. In fact, when we care when we can care, we are sowing the right kind of generous seeds that one day may well reap a harvest of care when we need to be cared for.

“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for [Matthew 5:7 Message]

I Don’t Want To Do This!

Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
[Matthew 5:16]
I am going to be very honest here, it’s the only way to be sometimes. This stuff is a challenge to me. I struggle with this. I’m not very good at it. I don’t think I’m alone either. Go on, be honest, we don’t mind hanging out with others but we do love our ‘me’ time as well.
Yet, it cannot stay as an excuse. I have chosen to make an effort. To be open. To be generous. To notice others and engage in conversations. In writing, it all sounds a little cold and forced but it’s not.
As I walk with God somethings just become obvious. People are important to God, therefore people are important to me. To behave otherwise is to behave selfishly. I wasn’t saved to live a life like that. Go into the world. Make disciples. Love others. These are the words of Jesus and He is not a nobody to me, He is somebody to me, my Saviour, my Lord and I live to serve Him.
So this is my determination in 2015. Not a promise because I am bound to not get it right all the time. It’s just a new setting for my heart.
Open. Hospitable. Generous. To be obedient to the Word and most importantly, show off my open, hospitable and generous God to the very best of my abilities.
How about you?