Generosity

You can give without loving but you cannot love without giving

We can be generous in many different ways…

  • With our money / our time / our practical help / our kindness
  • It’s our love and reason for doing it that counts

The greatest generosity is found in Jesus

  • God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life

Note that it does NOT say… Whoever believes about Him…

  • Even the devil believes about Jesus (just as we do about Queen Victoria, Julius Caesar or Washington)
  • We must believe in Him… We have full confidence in who He is, what He has done and what He promises for each of us as we trust and obey Him

So here is Jesus’ generous offer to you and me …

Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you… because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

In the Twinkling of an Eye POEM

IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE

When the way is set before you and the path looks clear and straight

When the sunshine streams across the sky to brighten and elate

When all around the sound of bells drifts gently through the air

And in your heart, sweet music stirs a dream that’s light and fair.

When the faces of the people glow and words have feather touch

When you walk like children through the land with one you love so much

When sweetness fans a breeze of fragrance pure and sweet

And kindness scatters blissful peace like petals at your feet.

In the stillness of the moment, as the joy stirs praise within

The freedom of contentment gives you strength the race to win—

Yet fickle is the certainty of promises lightly made

As they slip between your fingers and they melt into the shade.

Then a wave of breathless panic seems to seize you by the throat

As life around you crumbles and fond dreams break loose and float

The glowing sand you thought was firm begins to heave and sway

And swirling waters choke you, as you sink and fade away.

But as your grasp grows feeble and your mind begins to sleep

Another sound and presence comes to separate the deep

A mighty hand sustains you and a mercy lifts you high

Instead of earth, your eyes behold the glory and the sky.

And a voice that’s just a whisper soft speaks to your trembling soul

To tell you that when all seems bleak, His love can make you whole

You cannot understand your plight and questions search your loss

Until the answer echoes back: just look unto the Cross.

And people fail to know your peace and wonder if you’re mad

They look at you and shake their heads and puzzle how you’re glad.

They think the agony and grief unleashed a wicked spell

They do not hear the joyful song or see that all is well.

They do not feel the Master’s touch that cools your fevered brow

Or see His everlasting arms that grant you freedom now

For all the pain that held you fast is turned to sweet release

Instead of grief comes inner calm—and fresh, abiding peace.

The path you thought was clear and straight is hidden from your view

But in its place a confidence that He knows best for you

For as the future calls you on, concealing what it may

You hold the hand of One who turns the night-time into day.

Stand up to claim your heritage and enter in the race

Step forth to gain the prize from One who hung there in your place.

And as your faith is strengthened, you will see the reason why.

He sanctifies your heartache in the twinkling of an eye.

Understanding what Christ has done for us at Calvary and accepting His will for our lives allows God to instantly transform our distress into something holy. He gives us light where darkness once prevailed. In the same way that a mangled piece of metal can be shaped into a lovely work of art, so the sanctification of our heartache creates something “beautiful for Him”. The heartache may remain but we lay it on the altar and receive by faith His perfect peace and assurance that all is well, which gives us the strength to persevere and go forward with renewed confidence.