God Blesses Us So We Can Bless Others
By Rick Warren
“All the believers were together and had everything in common.Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need” (Acts 2:44-45 NIV).
No one sacrificed like the early church. In Acts 2:44-45, the Bible says, “All the believers were together and had everything in common.Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need” (NIV). These early Christians didn’t just give their money. They were generous with everything they had. You could say they were radically generous.
What would happen through our churches if we were just as radically generous? The Bible says we’re stewards — or managers — of all that God has given us. We’re responsible to use our resources in a way that impacts the Kingdom.
God doesn’t just give you resources for your own enjoyment, but to make a difference in the world around you. God never blesses us just to sit on what we have. He blesses us so we can bless others.
That’s a hopeful, encouraging truth to remember as we approach Christmas. Find ways to be radically generous, and make this season a meaningful time for the people God has strategically placed in your life.
Talk It Over
How would your life change if you were radically generous? What would that look like?
When you struggle with generosity, what things make you hesitant to give more?
What is one step you can take now that you know God blesses us so we can bless others?
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Put Jesus at the center of your Christmas!
Many people step into the Christmas season run down and worn out. And by the time January rolls around, they’re so exhausted that they’ve completely missed the real reason for the season.
But there’s really no better time to recalibrate your heart toward Jesus than during the holidays. And Pastor Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose of Christmas, can help you fill your Christmas with more of God’s love and peace by making Christ the center of your life.
This resource shows you . . .
• What Christmas means for your salvation
• How to surrender to God’s will
• Practical steps to overcome discouragement
• Why we celebrate Christmas at all
• How Christmas can be a time to make peace with others
The Purpose of Christmas is our way to thank you for your gift below to help more people learn, love, and live the Word – so request your copy when you give!
From all of us at Daily Hope, may you experience God’s peace and joy this holiday season!
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