Parish Family Day and God’s Generosity
A fun-filled Sunday is awaiting us! We will be making our
commitment to God and the Church for the coming year and
we will be expressing our connection with each other as a
family as we have our Bring and Braai after the 9h00 service.
Please do not forget to bring your Dedicated Giving and
“How do I fit in” forms on Sunday.
Our Marketing and Communications committee wanted me to remind you that it will
be a FUN FILLED DAY. Full of entertainment, music, games, fellowship and a lot of
good food (mostly meat I would say).
In the sermon last week Revd Allie made a profound statement, he said that “our
giving to the Church is not an expression of our generosity, but of God’s generosity”.
This statement made me sit up and make a very quick evaluation of how I am giving.
I was too busy with myself to check the congregation’s response to this statement, but
if it has made me stand still for a moment of reflection, some of you may also have
done so. I must say that in certain if not in most areas I have found myself wanting
and am making a resolve to become more and more a good example of God’s
Taking more time to reflect on the above statement, I have realised that the more God
gives, the more there is to show God’s generosity. The problem from my perspective
is that my actions show that I am not living God’s generosity, because of fear that I
will run out of resources.
Becoming God’s generosity really needs to have a mind-set change. God is
continuously active, transforming, creating, renewing us and the world. If we
really believe this, would it be necessary to give from a perspective of scarcity
rather than from a perspective of abundance?
Is it not worth trying to move from a scarcity to an abundance mind-set in all we
are and do? Where do you think it will take us? Well, maybe the words of Jesus
“I came that you may have life and have it abundantly” may find new
expressions in our lives and therefore the community around us.
We may be able to look at people differently, from a “what can I get out of them”
position to a “how can I add value to their lives” mind-set. This would open us to
endless possibilities of expressing God’s generosity to our neighbours and to the
This type of mind-set will also deal in some way with the aggressiveness and
hostility we experience through our economic and political structures and
institutions as a people. This is a mind-set that fosters structures and systems
which express values like love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness and self-control. These are values which set us on
the path of peace rather than war. So let us all consider the
statement that our giving is an expressions of God’s
So how generous is the God you and I are expressing?
Yours in Christ as always,