The word ‘giving’ in a church context is often linked with collections and stewardship - and sometimes accompanied by an inward groan or sense of embarrassment. But what if we compared our generosity with the generosity of God towards humankind, especially as we embark on this most Holy of Weeks? Would our attitude change?
The word ‘give’ occurs more than 70 times in the book of Genesis – the book which tells us about creation and the beginning of the story of God’s people. Yahweh gives light, plants, food, land, offspring . . . showing us that, without doubt, our God is a God of abundant generosity. Paul also speaks of the ‘generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich’: a brilliant summary of all that Holy Week is about.
Texts and Questions:
Genesis 1: 27-31
- What has God given you today for which you are thankful?
- How might you cultivate a spirit of gratitude and the generosity that flows from that?
2 Corinthians 8:1-9
- Paul holds up the churches of Macedonia as models of generosity. Who are our role models when it comes to giving, and how might we become role models to others?
- How might Jesus’ life, death and resurrection inspire us to live lives of generosity?
Challenge: How might you respond to our Lent appeal this year, so as to bless the disadvantaged in our own communities and further afield?
Prayer: Every time you leave home each day this week, pause with your hand on the door handle and ask God to show you where you can give of yourself this day - whether financially, of your ability or your time.