Aug 03, 2016
“Today, I watched a teenage boy help an elderly woman with a cane onto the city bus I was riding. He was so careful with her, assisting her every step of the way. The woman had the biggest smile on her face. They both sat directly across from me, and just as I was about to compliment her for having such a wonderful grandson, the boy looked at her and said, ‘My name is Chris. What’s your name, ma’am?’” *
The fundamental truth Chris understood is that generosity isn’t always about what you give, but actually being the gift. According to Romans 12:1, we are the offering. “…In view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”
In his book Outlive Your Life, Max Lucado makes some powerful statements about how we can be an offering to the world:
“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.” Sometimes being an offering is synonymous with becoming a missionary halfway around the world. But for others, like the widow represented in Mark 12, giving “two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents” is a powerful story of giving all. It wasn’t what she gave that mattered, but the posture of her heart.
“Compassion has a dozen advocates. But for the Christian, none is higher than this: when we love those in need, we are loving Jesus.” Find a place where you can move toward others with the love of Christ, such as a homeless shelter, neighborhood outreach, or your very own living room. Simply taking action is an offering.
“Here's a salute to a long good life: goodness that outlives the grave.” A practical way you can live generously is to have an up-to-date Estate plan that provides for your loved ones and the ministries you care about like Bethany Christian Services. This offering will not only outlive the grave, but impact lives for generations to come.
Learn more about including Bethany in your Will: bethany.org/legacy.
* Reader submission from makesmethink.com