Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Generosity Transformation

There is a passage in the Bible which says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” There aren’t too many who can hear that passage without at least having to suppress a cynical, “Really!?!? That’s not the world I live in!”

Our world runs on the belief that the person with the most stuff is the happiest. We see it lived out in real life and on TV. We’re encouraged to believe it by all the advertisements we’re exposed to each day. And, we’ve got something inside us that wants us to believe it with all our hearts. In an environment like that, how can giving ever be better than getting?

While we may think the above described way of thinking is “reality”, just the opposite is true. Instead, it is the deception of Satan to take our eyes off the God who created and redeemed us. Every single human being struggles with the sin of “me first”. It was the first sin and it continues to be the most destructive. “Me first” or “I’m going to live my life the way I want” pushes God out of his rightful place in our hearts and concentrates all our attention and focus on ourselves. And being selfish just feeds that tendency.

Generosity breaks the cycle of self-fixation. It takes our eyes off ourselves and makes us realize that there is more to this world than “me, myself and I”. And very often, that is the first step God uses to open our eyes to who he is.

When generosity is coupled with our walk with Christ, it becomes a powerful tool which He uses to ever increasingly take our eyes off our self-centered desires which enslave us and give us the opportunity of experiencing the freedom of a life lived for him. In heaven, we will become like Christ, free of sin and all its consequences. While we’re here on this earth, he is using generosity to begin that transformation.

If you are ready for a life change, join us for one of our services this weekend!

Saturday evening worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Hawaii Lutheran Church (WELS)

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Honolulu, HI
Community Lutheran Church holds protestant chapel services in Honolulu, Hawaii near Pearl Harbor, HI. We are next to the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Shafter Hawaii. Look for us directly behind the Salt Lake, Hawaii, Target.