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03/30/2020 12:15 PM

What Generosity Looks Like in a Pandemic

03/30/2020 12:15 PM
03/30/2020 12:15 PM
One of DBC’s values is “Authentic Worship.” We want to call our body to worship God intentionally through passionate singing, engaged time in God’s word, introspective prayer, and sacrificial giving. But giving can be the last thing we feel like doing when our financial portfolios are under threat and we’re on a nationwide lock-down. Surely God doesn’t need our generosity now, does he?

Scripturally, we see a call to generosity early on in the story of Israel. In Deuteronomy 26:1-11, the people of Israel are entering the land of Canaan, a land “flowing with milk and honey,” a land of great bounty and peace. The land has been given to them as a gift, “an inheritance” from the Lord that was promised all the way back in Genesis when God told Abraham that he would make him into a great nation with a special land (Gen 15:18). Yahweh tells his people how they are to honor him in this new land. They are to gather the first crops of each season, bring them to the priest, and have them presented on the altar of the Lord. Yet, most striking in this passage is not what the Israelites are to do but how they are to do it. When they make this presentation to the Lord, they are to recite the story of God’s faithfulness to Israel - how he heard their cries, saw their oppression in Israel, delivered them miraculously, and granted them a fruitful land. And, then they are to rejoice “in all the good things the Lord [their] God has given to [them].” 

Reciting and rejoicing. That’s the way that the Lord teaches his people to give. They are to give out of a heart that is eager to recite His faithfulness and eager to rejoice in His provision. Reflect on your own history of giving. Do you have a heart eager to recite your testimony of God’s work in our life? Are you overflowing with gratitude for the abundance He has provided? Examine your heart, confess your sins, and draw near to God (James 4:8). And his Spirit will produce in you great generosity, given out of a cheerful heart (2 Cor 9:6-7).

When we talk about the discipline of giving, we talk most often about money. But giving goes way beyond our money; it includes our gifts, our time, and our resources. Christ-followers are called to give not only of their monetary possessions but of their very selves. Indeed, the apostle Paul urges his listeners “to offer [their] bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God” (Rom 12:1). We give not just of our bank accounts, but of our time and talents, and of our very lives. 
 
So, how can you serve at this time? Maybe you can prayer walk your neighborhood each evening. Maybe you can mail cards or make phone calls to people you know who are particularly isolated. Maybe you can volunteer time at one of our local outreaches in need (for ideas on ways to help DFW area people in need, visit the blog Life Considered by Judy Wu Dominick).

When we give, incredible things take place. We find our needs fulfilled, our appetites sated. We find that God himself is enough. We find that a life of generosity is a life of deep joy. Think with me about the woman who poured out her alabaster jar of perfume upon Jesus’ feet (Matt 26:6-13). The disciples were worried about her use of such an expensive item: “Why this waste? This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” And, yet, Jesus saw the gift as “beautiful,” given out of a heart of generosity toward God.

When we give generously, God counts it as beautiful. 

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