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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.”—Psalm 96:3 (NASB)
Imagine with me for a moment that you have a bank account with unlimited funds in it. Every time you go to the ATM and get cash, it is always there, no matter how much. Whether you’re withdrawing $100, $1000, or $1,000,000, it doesn’t matter . . . it comes out every time. I know this is a ridiculous scenario, but if this was at your disposal, what would you do with it? A better question is: How generous would you be?
Sure, there are plenty of things I would buy for myself, but why not give money to anyone else that needs it, too? I would imagine that most people, no matter how much money they ended up spending on themselves, would also be generous with their unlimited cash flow, buy someone a house, help someone get off the streets, fix a neighbor’s car—or buy him a new one. You have the cash, so why not? And how many people do you think would be telling their friends about you?
The greatest act of generosity this earth has ever seen was when God left heaven, became flesh and bone, and then died so we might be saved. You and I are no longer slaves to sin and death because of His generosity toward us. It was an unparalleled act of kindness and love. Our God is a great and generous God that gives lavishly to us, and He has given a gift beyond what we could ever hope for: a gift of grace.
God requires nothing from us in exchange for salvation, hope, freedom, and joy. The overflow response of our heart and life should be to express and share this gift with others. We definitely need grace upon grace for our own life, but it doesn’t run out. We have plenty to share and give to others, which is the way He planned it. When Jesus ascended back to heaven after His resurrection, He commissioned us, the Church, to be Plan A for telling others about His act of generosity. He doesn’t have a Plan B. We carry with us a generous and contagious gospel.
DIG: Take a moment to stop, pray, and thank God for the grace and generosity He has shown you.
DISCOVER: Now reflect on your own life: Is your life one that overflows to others from the gift of grace that God has given you?
DISPLAY: When was the last time you told someone the story of what God has done in your life? Find one person to share your story with this week.