God has been so generous toward us and He desires for us to be generous, giving toward others – whether it’s our time, talent, or treasure. God has gifted each and everyone of us for His intended purposes and that is for the growth of the body, the advancement of His kingdom, and the glory of His name. It is the unity of the body that causes the church to grow, advances His kingdom, and brings glory to His name.  It is vitally important for us as believers in Christ to be generous for those reasons.

Generosity should be a defining characteristic of the church because God is generous. The Father gave His Son. The Son gave His life. The Father and the Son gave the Spirit. And the Spirit gives us as Christ-followers hearts of generosity for the building up of the body of Christ and the fulfillment of God’s plan to redeem His people and bring glory to His name.

So it’s important for us to recognize the generosity we have received is not for our benefit alone but for others as well, so that we would share in God’s blessings as we work together in unity for the glory of God. It’s the Spirit that works through our hearts to bring unity to the body of Christ through loving support for one another. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit and as believers we are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. (Ephesians 2:19-22) We are God’s building – built on the foundation of the prophets and the apostles – Christ Himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure (the body of Christ, the Church) being joined together grows into a holy temple in the Lord.

When we are joined together in one Spirit (unified), striving together for the faith of the Gospel and loving one another, we are conducting ourselves in a manner worth of the gospel of Christ (Phil. 1:27). In doing so we are witnesses of the love of Christ to a broken world. Jesus told His disciples to love one another as I have loved you. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have a love for one another (John 13:34-35).

When the world sees the love and generosity that we have for one another, it will cause them to stop and ask why are they so different? Our generosity and loving support for one another is a witness to those who don’t know Christ as Lord and Savior. The opposite of generosity is greed which will hinder the gospel, the growth of the church, and is contrary to who God is and it invites his judgment – because God will judge those who are greedy. We have received much generosity from God through Jesus Christ and so we are called to be generous as Christ was generous toward us.

Jesus modeled generous giving for us when He set aside His heavenly riches to share His inheritance with all who trust in Him (2 Corinthians 8:9). In obedience to the Holy Spirit’s prompting, the early Christians shared their resources and gave generously to those in need.  When we are generous with what God has given us, we are able to impact many lives and bring glory to God. Are  you willing to give your time, talent, and treasure for the unity of the church, the advancement of His kingdom, and for His glory? Are you willing to give up your riches so others could share in Christ glorious inheritance and become fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God (Eph.2:19)?

When the churches is unified, Christ is most glorified!

In Christ and for His glory,

RICH WISE

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