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- Scott Frederickson
- Omaha, Nebraska, United States
- I am more and more convinced that most congregations die from a staggering lack of imagination. Let's change that. Let's imagine a creative future with God and each other together. Drop me a line on email or leave a comment if you have thoughts on God, Jesus, congregations, the church or whatever.... I look forward to our conversations.
Monday, December 7, 2015
Wealth of God
What are your plans for your wealth? Even if you have nothing, what are your going to do with that?
Like the widow in my sermon, would you stand in line to give all you could? These are the questions posed for us these days as we approach Christmas.
Our wealth is on full display at this time of year, and the great Dickens story about Ebeneezer Scrooge is just one example of how we deal with our wealth. We can have so much amidst so little, and it can be a lot overwhelming.
The Spirit of generosity is a gift from God that comes from God's unlimited generosity. When it comes to wealth, of course, we want God to be generous. But when it comes to forgiveness?? Maybe not so much.
I am constantly amazed at how many people see the generosity of God in forgiving us as something that has limits. Why would you wish that so? Is "fairness" really that big a deal? Why would God limit forgiveness? I've never understood why people think that way...
But then I've never really understood the widow who gave the two coins to the treasury that day. I suppose--warning: pun coming--they are just two sides of the same coin. (you were warned) Generosity is difficult no matter whether we are talking about wealth or forgiveness. But as tough as it is for us, God seems to have no problem with being generous...thanks be to God.
May your tables be full and your conversations be true.