Being Generous with God
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:7
We began in week one by focusing on being generous with ourselves, and then turned in week two to a focus on being generous with others. This week we will focus on being generous with God. We realize, of course, that God does not need our generosity in the same way that our neighbor does. That it is we, as people of faith, who want and need to ground our generosity in our love for God and God’s love for us.
In the service of baptism for many faith traditions, the adult being baptized or the sponsors on behalf of an infant say repeatedly, in response to a series of questions about living a Christian life, “I will with God’s help.” This week we will focus on how we will be generous with God’s help.
Brian Cole wrote that, “Living generously is what we are made by God to do.” We practice generosity in our lives not merely because it is a good thing to do (which of course it is), but because God has first been generous with us and, in turn, we long to share that generosity with others.
Being generous with God then takes on two meanings. First, we want to be generous with God with our time, talent, and treasure, gifts that have been given to us in the first place and are now ours to give back. Second, being generous with God means we want to share the love of God with others, being generous as God has been with us.
As we approach the remaining days of Advent, we invite you this week to deepen your spiritual journey by reflecting on what it means to ground your generosity in your faith, to answer the question, “Will you practice generosity with others?” with, “I will with God’s help.”
Making it personal:What comes to mind when you think of the idea of being generous “with God’s help”? In the passage from Philippians above, do you see a connection between “the peace that surpasses all understanding,” and being generous with God’s help?
Follow along with us this Advent season with our daily devotional and engage in discussion in our closed facebook group moderated by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner & The Rev. Jan Kwiatowski.
In this group, participants will have a chance to share their responses to the prompts in the daily readings, and also the chance to receive additional material for reflection.