#232 – Give Generously

Good morning generous people

Acts 10:1-4 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!” Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.

This is a great passage that shows something of the heart of God. Cornelius is honoured as a devout and God-fearing (God-respecting) man. I’m sure we all want to be devout and God-fearing also. It then gives us the specific ways in which Cornelius honoured God; he was generous to people in need and he prayed to God regularly. In fact, it reemphasises the importance of these two things by saying God received them as an offering to Him!

I believe the world would be a much better place if these two principles were lived more often by Christians. God loves it when we are generous to others in need. One of the reasons for this is it is a reflection of what God did for us. He gave His all for us when we were in need of a Saviour. Giving generously is not as much about an amount as it is about our hearts. It’s easier to give a prayer but it is sometimes more God-honouring and people-honouring to give some food and clothes. We have a great opportunity in Victoria at the moment with the tragic bush fires and the many homeless. Please give generously.

The second sign of Cornelius’ good heart was his devotion to God. He didn’t just read through a prayer list occasionally or mark off his Bible reading plan, Cornelius was a man who walked a life of prayer; a life of regular communication with God; he talked and he listened.

We would all do well to make generosity with God and people a focus of our lives.