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Generosity: A Key to Kingdom Living

The Message paraphrase superbly expresses the very essence of Jesus’ teachings in the context of Matthew chapter five: “You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” (v. 48)

I praise God for the generosity I’ve witnessed and personally experienced in our congregation. People have taken others into their homes, given financially to help struggling families, paid for others to attend training conferences, and graciously served one another in ministry. The list could on.

So are we “perfect” as our “heavenly Father is perfect”? Have we earned some points with God? Are we more lovable?

Of course we know the answer to such questions. Jesus also teaches, “When you’ve done everything expected of you, be matter-of-fact and say, ‘The work is done. What we were told to do, we did.’” (Luke 17:10 MSG).

Practicing God’s brand of generosity is a privilege rather than a duty, an attitude before an act, and is always done graciously and without conditions.
Generosity is powerful. It glorifies and honors God as the culture of heaven invades the culture of earth.

A short but true story tells of a clerk who complements a shopper — “I just love your purse!” The customer responds by emptying the purse — “Here, I’d like you to have it.”

In that act of kindness the generosity of God’s reign breaks into our culture of “me-first.” Jesus is manifest without the mention of his name. Slowly the culture of heaven spreads like leaven throughout the earth. And our prayer is actualized: “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10).

Let’s continue to grow the kingdom in Edmonds, Washington.

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Contributed by Pastor Larry Zuchowski


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