GENEROSITY IS CHRISTLIKENESS

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Philippians 4:19 (MSG) You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.

Generosity is the key that activates this incredible promise of God above, that He will take care of everything you need.

God is generous.  It’s who He is, and every good thing you have in your life is not because of you, it’s because of the generosity of God. Unsure about this? Well, who gives you the air that you breathe, who deposited your talents and gifts within you during conception? It is God, and He is the One that orchestrates every opportunity and all good things in your life (James 1:17).

Philippians 1:11 says “… Filled with the fruits of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ.”

And every time you give, something becomes stronger within you…the more Christ-like you become – His fruit of righteousness fills you.

Before I became a Christian, I was self-centered, narcissistic, selfish and greedy. I was full of the spirit of the world. But once I received Christ, a change took place. Spiritually, I am a brand new creation in Christ. But as I have received God’s Word and put it into practice in my life, I am becoming transformed more and more into a person like Christ.

The key to this transformation is putting the Word of God into practice in your life. You can hear it, you can know it – but if you are not doing it, you will not be transformed, at all(James 1:22; Matthew 5:19; Philippians 4:9).

There are many, many Christians who know a lot about the Bible but there is very little fruit of transformation in their life – it’s because they are not putting what they know into practice.

  • You can think about forgiving someone, but change only comes when you do forgive. 
  • You can think about serving in an area at church or in your community, but change only comes when you do start serving.
  • You can think about giving or even say I will when I have enough, but change only comes when you do start giving.

Here is the tried and tested, infallible model that guarantees you are becoming more Christ-like in your life:

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Developing the habits of Christ:

1. Jesus says it starts by HEARING God’s Word. 
2. Jesus explains in the parable of the Sower, God’s Word has to be ACCEPTED in order for it to become fruitful.
3. Jesus says we must put the Word into PRACTICE.
4. Whatever we act upon is what becomes a HABIT in our life.

 

Generosity is powerful because it is who God is.  And the more generous you become, the more Christ-like you are becoming.

Pastor Wayne Simpson


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every time you give, Christ is growing stronger in you.