Thursday, December 22, 2016

God is generous

Happy people are generous people. God, in his generosity has given us a gift beyond description, Jesus, the most expensive gift that could ever be given. In giving Jesus, God gives us himself. Paul writes: "Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!" (2 Corinthians 9:15). The magnitude of God's generosity is beyond measure.

God did not send Jesus because he was under an obligation to send a Saviour, or because he was under pressure to solve the sin problem. He was not coerced, cajoled or conned. He was not required to do anything about the conditions that sin created. After all God is Sovereign and free to do as he pleases. Yet sending Jesus shows us God's generous heart.

A generous, happy heart doesn't discount pain. Amidst the excitement of that first Christmas with angels appearing and shepherds praising God, we also find a prophesy regarding pain. "Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: 'This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel…And a sword will pierce your own soul too'" (Luke 2:34-35). Yet this had not stopped the angel telling Mary, "you have found favor with God" (Luke 1:30) nor from the angels telling the shepherds, "I bring you good news of great joy" (Luke 2:10).

In the parable of the prodigal son it is recorded that the father said to his eldest son, "But we had to celebrate and be glad" (Luke 15:32). Yes, there are times when we have to celebrate and be glad, regardless of what else is going on in our lives or in the world and when we do, we reflect the generous heart of God.

This Christmas, let's celebrate and be glad.

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