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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”—John 3:16 (NKJV)
Some have suggested that today’s Scripture summarizes the entire Bible better than any other single verse in Scripture. It’s hard to argue with that, because John 3:16 eloquently captures the unfolding drama of God’s work of redemption. So much is communicated with so few words, making each and every word incredibly important.
But let’s narrow our focus to two words in particular: God and gave. God and giving are connected, and not just in this passage but far beyond it as well. In fact, it is impossible to separate them. Protons and neutrons within the nucleus of an atom can be separated, but not God and giving. They are inseparably, indelibly, and infinitely linked.
We need to understand that giving isn’t something God occasionally does. Instead, it’s part of His very nature that steadily flows out from Him. From one end of His Word to the other, we see countless examples of this.
God gives existence to the universe. God gives creation definition and order. God gives life to Adam. God gives Adam a wife. God gives responsibility to them. God gives a warning to them. God gives them a covering of animal skins when they sin. God gives Cain a mark of protection. God gives Noah instructions on how to preserve his family through the flood. God gives Abraham a command to leave his homeland. God gives him a promise of countless descendants. God gives him favor and protection from Pharaoh. God gives him victory in battle. God gives him a promise that his descendants will possess the land he lives in.
Do you see a pattern here? And we haven’t even gotten past the first fifteen chapters of the Bible! And again, when we come to the heart of God’s Word in John 3:16, we see Him giving His one and only Son to save us from the eternal consequences of our sin.
As we spend the next several days building on the theme of generous giving, it’s imperative to understand that our foundation for giving is the very nature of God. Everything we explore, examine, encourage, and exhort from this point forward is rooted in the reality that God embodies giving. And as we will see, He desires the same for us.
DIG: What does John 3:16 remind you of concerning God’s nature?
DISCOVER: How has God’s giving nature been demonstrated in your own life?
DISPLAY: How do you hope to change in regard to giving? Why?
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.