Generosity. Wikipedia defines it as the habit of giving without expecting anything in return. It can involve offering time, assets or talents to aid someone in need. Often equated with charity as a virtue, generosity is widely accepted in society as a desirable trait. Generosity for the Christ-follower is a way of life. It is directly related to our maturity and timing in faith.
Every moment of every day God gives us the privilege of partnering with him to accomplish Kingdom-sized goals. We bring honor and glory to God when we act according to his direction and work toward realizing the kingdom of God here on earth as it is in heaven. Wheatland does amazing work in our communities and across the globe. We believe to our core that by being a connected, devoted, generous follower of Jesus Christ, we can love God, love others and change the world. This commitment to world changing requires our efforts 24/7/365.
"24/7/365" is the title of our next series which focuses on our generous response to what God is doing in our lives. The series will focus on four different types of givers: a widow who captured Jesus' attention by giving from her poverty, Zacchaeus who was so utterly transformed by Jesus he put all his cards on the table and went "all in," Abraham who set up the tithe as a blessing not a duty and the ultimate giver who gives by faith.
Each week we will examine the biblical story and discover which type of giver describes us as individual givers. We will also share personal stories about times when generosity effected us. Celebration Sunday is the final Sunday and our opportunity to make a pledge to God and confirm our participation in the church that is active 24/7/365. The church is eternal. It's is God's big idea to bring hope to a lost and broken world. It will be an awesome time of learning, challenge and commitment.
"The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd." Hebrews 11:1-2 (The Message)