Fresh Hope – 20th December 2017

Recently I was deeply moved by the extravagant generosity of a friend. Over a period of a few weeks, she decided to bless me over and over and over and over again with several gestures of her time, talent, and money. It got to the point where it just felt like it was too much! She didn’t just do one gesture to cross it off her ‘must do’ list – she wanted to go well and truly over and above the norm. What was most moving about these gifts was that she did them with absolutely no agenda. She didn’t want anything in return, and she didn’t want anyone else to know about it. She simply did it because she wanted to bless me no with strings attached!

I share this story, because I was so inspired, challenged and blessed by her. We serve an extravagant God – one who also goes above and beyond. As His children, made in His image, it is in our DNA to be the same – to be generous givers. As we approach Christmas, let’s not settle for crumbs, scrapping together our odds and ends for others, let’s give big! The word ‘generous’ means ‘to give more than is usual or expected’. When is the last time you took someone off guard by being unusual in your giving? When was the last time you not only met the expectation, but also exceeded it? That is God’s way.

Live with an awareness of who you are. You are a representative of the King. As a royal, think of the access you have to unlimited resources (and it doesn’t have to necessarily be money). Think of the God-given authority and ability you have to change lives.

The Christmas season is a celebration of the greatest act of generosity in history. When God gave His one and only son to redeem humanity. Then Jesus, again in an extravagant act of love, gave His life for us. As we walk in imitation of their unusual, abundant generosity, let us seek to give all we can this Christmas. Look for opportunities to display the goodness of God in the everyday. You are a conduit of his generous heart.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Emma Montesi

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