Serving our Generous God
Serving our Generous God by Sara Lennerblom
“Follow God’s example therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2
Oftentimes, in a family there’ll be at least one child who bears a striking resemblance to their father or mother—so much so that friends of their parents will start conversations with them without realizing that they’re talking to the child. Not only will the child look like their parent, but they’ll also pick up on their mannerisms as well so they’ll drive like them, walk like them and talk like them, all without really trying. And if the child wants to be mischievous, they could deliberately imitate their parent by dressing up like them or impersonating them over the phone and fool people watching or listening.
As children of God we’ve all inherited godly characteristics. There is a sense in which we should desire to be like Christ, but because we’re God’s children, imitating Him comes much more naturally to us than it does to others who aren’t believers. The point is that as difficult as things like forgiveness and self-control can be to practice, because we’re God’s children, we’re very capable of doing them—which is why God expects them from us.
It’s even a known fact, that parents who model generous giving have children that display generosity at a very young age. Remember that we all, including children “learn by watching and listening.” If we want to see our community of Christ, the church of today (kids, youth and adults) be active generous givers, we need to “lead and live by example.”
As the season of Thanksgiving rolls in, I can’t help but think about who God is and to be thankful for how generous He is. Think about it, the amazing thing in the story about the Feeding of the Five Thousand is how the miracle was done. God could have done it any way He wanted. It could have rained bread from heaven. But He did it through natural means. The supernatural worked through the natural.
Jesus told the disciples to have the multitude break into groups. Then the Bible tells us, “And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all” (Mark 6:41). The disciples kept distributing the food, and it multiplied as they gave it out.
As we give, God will bless us. As we distribute, God will give us more. Matthew 14:20 offers this detail about the Feeding of the Five Thousand: “So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained.” Jesus gave them more than they needed. And this reminds us that we serve a generous God.
Are you willing to pass on what God has given you? Or, are you trying to hold on to it all? As the disciples distributed the food that God had multiplied, everyone was blessed. Everyone had their part. God gives us gifts and we need to use them for His glory.
So as you embrace this time of Thanksgiving, will you focus on the Giver, who can give more than you need? Will you prayerfully consider where God is calling you to serve and be generous? Please use the Generous Serving Tips and Generous Serving Next Steps below to walk forward in the way of love with Christ.
Generous Serving Tips:
A MINDSET OF “GET-TO” NOT “HAVE TO”– Choose to be generous from a mindset of God’s goodness and favor, and see all serving and giving as something we “get to do” rather than “have to do”. Nothing is more fun and rewarding than advancing the good news of Jesus, with people you love. This is our highest calling and we get to do it!
Bold Faith- When it’s too big for us, it’s just right for God. We do not believe the lie that “God will never give us more than we can handle.” God will often give us more that we can handle so we are forced to depend on His power and sovereignty. We will not insult a BIG GOD with small thinking or safe living. So we pray big prayers and keep stepping into the greater things God has for us.
Outrageous Generosity– Leading in the way of generosity, out of recognition of how outrageously generous Jesus is to us. We all start as spiritual consumers but soon we can’t help but become spiritual contributors. We learn that we will never out give God, as His blessing will always surpass our giving.
Generous Serving Next Steps:
Prayer and Discovery: Talk to God and see what gifts he may have given to you.
Imprint’s Generations “GO BIG” in Generosity Community Challenge: This coming year, join a team of all ages to reach the city of Woodinville by planning 2-3 “GO BIG” in Generosity Community events.
Join a Ministry Team: Wouldn’t it be amazing if our church family was overflowing with loving and serving volunteers from the inside out! Don’t hesitate; contact a team lead today to discover where you may be called to participate! Yes, we want you!!! ☺
Have questions? Please contact our Imprint Kids Lead Sara Lennerblom.
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25