God Goes First

In Gordon MacDonald's devotion titled Generosity he writes, "We are most like God when we give."  

The most famous verse in all the Bible is John 3:16.  It reads, "For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life."

Of all the ways God could have chosen to show the world that he loves, God chose to give.  So here's a simple question.  Why would it be any different for you and I?  Each and every time you choose to give you choose to show love the very same way God did and does.

And can I add...If you are waiting for giving to become easy, before you choose to give...You will drastically slow down how much generosity you show.  You know it wasn't easy for Jesus to give up his life right?  He didn't carry his cross whistling his favorite tune.  Jesus had tremendous anguish as he prepared himself to give the ultimate offering (John 17).  

Giving isn't always easy.  It's actually usually hard.  Why?  Because giving is typically a way that God grows us in our trust in his provision.  We want to hold on...But God gives us the opportunity to let go.  

Remember, God will never ask you to do something that He hasn't already done.    
God gave first.  Now it's our turn.
Much love,
Pastor Matt