Unselfish Giving Is The Antidote To Materialism

“God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you.... Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory.” (1 Peter 4:10-11 NLT)

When God gives, he holds nothing back. He gives you every spiritual blessing available in the storehouses of Heaven (Ephesians 1:3), and he meets your every need.

Do you know what that means? It means you are free to be abundantly generous because God is taking care of you. He wants us to bless others on his behalf. We receive from God, then we give to others: “Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it” (1 Peter 4:10 MSG).

As Pastor Rick has been teaching, God is generous, so he wants us to become generous. It is a Jesus-like characteristic. Since we belong to Jesus 24/7 and our generosity is unlimited when guided by the Holy Spirit and energized by the life of Christ within us, we need to apply more creativity to our generosity.

We often complain about the superficial materialism that has overtaken Christmas. Godly generosity is the antidote to superficial materialism. Give some serious, intentional thought to how you can be generous this Christmas season, not in the sense of excessive gift giving but rather in helping and blessing those in need.

Talk About It

  • Who are the people in your life whom God wants you to bless this Christmas?
  • In what ways are you teaching your children or people under your influence how to be generous?

 

Jon Walker’s Breakfast with Bonhoeffer: Best Christian book this year!! - Jon Walker weaves the words of his own story of brokenness with the words of salvation from Jesus Christ teaches us all where our true treasure resides. … He gives us Bonhoeffer’s biblical guidance to inch closer to God, to focus on God, and make God the center of his life. By jc via Amazon.

This devotional © Copyright 2012 Jon Walker. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

 


Give hope, prayer, and encouragement below. Post a comment & talk about it.


SIGN UP FOR PASTOR RICK’S FREE DAILY HOPE DEVOTIONAL

SIGN UP FOR DAILY HOPE DEVOTIONAL

Special Offer

bettertogether-gift-bottom-left2

40 Days of Community Devotional

We all have a longing for belonging! In fact, many of the purposes God has for your life can only be fulfilled if you work together with other Christians. This is why Pastor Rick wants to help you develop deeper, more meaningful relationships and the reason he created the 40 Days of Community Devotional Book. If you devote just a few moments a day, this book will take you on a transformational 40 day journey that will help you take your relationships to the next level and enable you to fulfill all of God’s purposes for your life.

REQUEST YOUR COPY

On the Radio

bettertogether-currentseries-bottom-right

Better Together, Complete Audio Series

There’s no way you can be all God wants you to be and fulfill the purposes that you were put on this planet to fulfill without any help. We need each other, and we belong to each other in the Body of Christ! In this series, Pastor Rick explains how to do life in relationship to other people.

Purchase this seriesListen to this series