Live Generously | Reflecting Christ in Summertime

11 Jun

generosity“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11.

When you think of generosity does God’s astounding unfathomable grace fill your heart and mind? When you are giving to others do you do so authentically and lovingly in order to better reflect Christ? It is possible to be generous in the absence of love (1 Corinthians 13:3) but that giving does not reflect God’s ineffable love for us when He gave us His son and the hope of eternal life (John 3:16).

“Faith connects you so intimately with Christ, that He and you become as it were one person,” Martin Luther. Reflect this oneness (Galatians 2:20) by generously giving your time, money, or talent to meet the needs of others; those in the church and those in the community (Corinthians 9:7-15).

Reflecting Christ in Summertime (Excerpt)

by Nicole Whitacre

Here are a few summer time activity ideas from the Apostle Paul:

“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven,” the Savior instructed in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:16).

When people see our good works: “They will ask, ‘What is it? Why are these people so different in every way…?” writes Martyn Lloyd-Jones. “And they will be driven to the only real explanation which is that we are the people of God, children of God…We have become reflectors of Christ.”

Scripture emphasizes the importance of good works for all Christians and for women in particular in 1 Peter 3:6, Titus 2:3–5, 1 Timothy 5:9–10, and in Proverbs 31:31. This last passage ends with the exclamation, “let her works praise her in the gates.”

The article in its entirety appears here: girltalk | Blog | Reflecting Christ in Summertime.

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