When God gave life to the universe, He spared nothing. Think of all the incredible gifts: beautiful sunsets, mountain peaks, and deep blue oceans. Think of the way plants give oxygen, a mother gives birth, and water gives life to every living thing. In fact, every living thing is—in some way—a giving thing. Why? Because the breath that spoke it into life is laced with generosity. Our God invented giving.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”
One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord,
And He will repay him for his good deed.
When through sin, we brought on physical and spiritual death, God once again found a creative way to give life. This time, He gave His only Son’s innocent life in place of our deserved death—the most generous gift of all.
Then, before Jesus ascended, He promised the coming of an encourager called the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit brought with Him powerful gifts for followers of Christ in order to build the Church and make the story of Jesus known.
Giving is in God’s history, of His heart, by His hand, to build His household. When we give, we act like Him, and we lend to His work.
Pray: God, thank You for giving me life, not once, but twice. Will You now give me the courage to spend my life giving back to You? Please help me to grow a heart of generosity toward my neighbor, my church, my family, and ultimately, You.