Give thanks

by Pastor Mark Jordan

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“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7, NIV)
This week we are taking a look at how we can live lives of active thanksgiving. Thanksgiving shouldn’t just be a celebrative feast once a year, but a posture of living. I developed an acrostic for the word, give, to help us think through how we can live in such a way. Today we will look at the, ‘G,’ which means, generously.
God is a giver and wants you to be a giver to. This is especially true since you are created in the image of God. When you approach giving, God wants you to remember this. He gives so generously, and he wants you to be generous, too. Part of giving generously is giving unconditionally. That can be hard for us sometimes, can’t it? But God wants you to approach giving with generosity in your heart, cheerfully knowing that your gift can — and will — make a difference in a life, beginning with your own.
Generosity creates a change in the giver that can transform the way you see the world and the people God gives you to do life with. May generosity from your Thanksgiving this year so it may change your life, and allow God to use your changed life to help change the world.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for being such a generous giver to me. I know I am created in your image and want to be generous, too, and not just out of obligation, but with a cheerful heart without conditional expectations. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.