In our current sermon series, we’ve been talking about living the Generous Journey in 3 areas of our life: Time, Talent, and our Treasure. When you look at your life, you will see that God has truly blessed us generously in so many ways so that we can live our lives generously toward others. The bible challenges us to live this way.
In His grace, God has given us different gifts* for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
Romans 12: 6-8 NLT
*When Paul talks about “Gifts”, he is referring to special abilities or “talents” that God has uniquely given to you.
Here are 3 very important “take-aways” regarding this passage that will help us understand how to live our lives generously toward others.
- God has given us all gifts, not all have the same.
- We are all called to do something with the gifts we’ve been given.
- When we are using our gifts to bless others, we are to do it with all we’ve got!
This Sunday, the Church has the opportunity to live generously to the world around us through the simple act of handing out a cup of cold water (or Gatorade) to runners in need. Unless you’ve ran a marathon, you cannot fully understand how life-giving this simple act is, especially if done with an encouraging spirit.
Church, don’t miss this opportunity to share your gift and live this Generous Life to a world in need this Sunday at the Green Bay Marathon!