Welcome to our Daily Devotions for this week. On Sunday we continued our “Belong” Series as we looked at giving in God’s family with a message called “Simply Generous”.
This week in our devotions we will be reflecting on what it means to be simply generous.
Acts 2 v 42 – 47 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
It is impossible to read this description of the early church or imagine what it would have been like to be part of the early church without realizing that the people were “Simply Generous”.
What does it mean to really give and be “Simply Generous”?
God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature” (Genesis 1 v 27, The Message)
We are made in the image of God.
In John 3 v 34 – 36 we are shown that the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is a perfect picture of generosity.
For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.
The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
We are designed to receive and give in a perpetual cycle of generosity. This is what was so evident in the early church.