This week’s Bible readings have focused on Radical Generosity. As I reflected on the readings and what came out of the first few envisioning sessions, I thought more about what Radical Generosity means and how we can live that out. I see it as being more than our monetary giving – although that is a part of it! It also includes our time, talents and attitudes.
Last week the readings encouraged us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom 12:2). I think radical generosity comes out of a mind and heart that has been transformed from being self-focused to one that becomes focused first on Christ and then out of that, focused on others. In today’s world there is a strong focus on self, so turning our focus away from ourselves towards God and others is quite radical!
I think the starting point for generosity comes from recognising the amazing love, grace and blessings we receive from God. We love because he first loved us (1 Jn 4:19).
Being grateful for what we receive helps us to be generous with what we have.
During the recent visit from the Mission of Truth Church team, Pastors Devi and Sartono spoke about the work their Church is doing in their local community. They are in the minority in their area and face increasing difficulties but they are able to offer meals and support to those around them. The support they receive from GWAC in part helps them to continue to do this. Hearing from them has prompted me to think about how I can support them through prayer and through initiatives such as Change for Change.
Closer to home, many of the ministries we run during the week and on Sundays couldn’t happen without the time given by the volunteers in areas such as playgroup.
2 Cor 9: 12-15 describes how the service we perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. It paints a wonderful picture of how glory is given to God as a result of our generosity.
As we continue the Envisioning process this week I encourage you to continue to consider how we might be a light on a hill to those around us both as a Church and individually.