Pastor JD really challenged my thinking tonight with his sermon on the passing of David. Actually, as you may recall this was his second sermon on the subject but since it's covered twice in the Bible he thought two sermons were in order. lol. The part that challenged me came from David's prayer in 1 Chronicles 29. David is so awestruck by God's generosity and he just oozes out thankfulness and praise to the God of all Creation. This is after the people have gathered boocoos of riches and items for Solomon to build the temple. So much was gathered that it was a life-changing experience, life-changing for the entire nation!! All of the people worshipped the Lord with David and marvelled at His greatness and His generous grace and mercy in their lives. Remember, these were the same people and the same David that had sinned greatly against God. Yet God had forgiven them and influxed great grace into their lives once again.
Likewise, we should be awestruck by God's generosity with us. Afterall, He gave His only begotten Son that we might be saved. This in itself should be enough for us to trust Him completely and utter His praise whenever we speak. Instead we harbor up our treasures here on earth and think they will bring us happiness. Treasures can be material things, emotional things, sexual things, whatever enters our little minds. But only trusting in God completely will bring us true happiness. It will bring us to complete generosity through a complete gospel-centered life. Our generosity will be evident in our giving of our money, our time, our lives, our testimony, our very being. We will be committed to trusting God completely in all areas of our walk. Jesus gave it all; all to Him I owe.
Won't you join me in striving to live a more generous life? Can we out-give God?