Don’t you love fall?
The leaves are changing, the flannels come out of storage, the weather is cooling off, and everything is pumpkin spiced. This time of the year is beautiful.
One of my favorite things to do in the fall is have bonfires. There is nothing more relaxing than getting together with my small group or a couple of guys and just sitting around a fire. When I have a bonfire, I like to go somewhere away from everything: out in the country, out in a field, or out in the woods. It fascinates me that bonfires can be seen for miles. People a couple of houses down can enjoy my fire form the comfort of their own homes.
In the Bible, our lives in Christ are often referred to as a light. Our lives illuminate this dark world. But the thing is, this light does not come from us. The life that illuminates is merely reflecting the greatness of God. This light comes from the glory of the Gospel, the generous sacrifice of Jesus.
“What? Generous? That’s a money word.”
Yes, but being generous is not confined to money.
The truth is, Jesus was abundantly generous with us. We deserve death. We deserve the cross, but we didn’t receive it. Instead, we were gifted grace, compassion, being called righteous, and a new life, a new identity.
Jesus gave Himself to us, so we should give ourselves to Him, wholly. Our life should be a reflection of Jesus’ generosity to us. Our marriages, our families, our jobs, our finances are all tools to bringing God glory.
Isaiah 58:10-11 says, “Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. The Lord will guide you continually.” In other words, if we are generous with the hungry and give ourselves to the down-and-out, our lives will glow in the darkness. Shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight.
Jesus will and has given you a full life in the emptiest of places. When we start living our whole life as generously as Christ did, we will begin to see the fullness of the glory of God. People will see us, they will see the life change, the sacrificial inconvenient giving, and want to know what is different. Your life of generosity being lived out will be seen for miles, just like a bonfire in the middle of a field.