Have Riches Distracted You from Real Treasure?
In a recent sermon, pastor Kyle Davies spoke about cultivating a lifestyle of generosity that reflects God’s grace. He unpacked the church’s value of “give over get,” emphasizing how giving should flow from our identity in Christ, not duty or guilt.
Davies began by reminding us that as Christ-followers, we’re called to make disciples who make disciples. This mission is fueled by God’s love, modeled in how we live, and shared through our words. At the core, we proclaim how God came to rescue and renew all creation through Jesus. Our church’s values like “give over get” help us live out this gospel mission day-to-day.
Looking at 1 Timothy 6:17-19, Davies explored how wealth can subtly shift our hope and identity if we’re not careful. He discussed how prosperity has often led Christians astray throughout history. In Ephesus, wealth increased as people embraced Christianity and developed better work ethic and business practices. But over time, many began finding their hope in riches, not God.
Paul challenged the Ephesian church not to be arrogant or set their hope on wealth, which is uncertain. Rather, hope must be rooted in God who richly provides everything to enjoy. Believers should see wealth as a gift from God, not a source of identity or superiority.
Instead of materialism, Davies encouraged cultivating generosity – first addressing attitude, then actions. Regarding attitude, pride must give way to humility. Only God’s grace saves us, not earthly wealth. Concerning actions, we’re called to do good, be rich in good works, and readily share with others.
This involves assessing needs, considering our unique gifts, and making a plan to serve. It flows from spending time receiving God’s love, reminding ourselves of our worth in Christ. We tap into God’s endless supply of grace to keep giving without expecting anything in return.
Davies stressed that true generosity encompasses more than just money. It requires knowing each other’s stories so we can meet tangible needs, give our time and talents, and make connections. We plan and create margin to live generously.
Ultimately, generosity demonstrates our eternal perspective. We don’t give just to get earthly rewards now, but know we’ll receive imperishable treasure in heaven. Generosity flows from how God didn’t withhold grace from us, but gave His very best. As we grasp this, gratitude overflows into sharing with others.
In closing, Davies cast vision for being a church overflowing with grace-fueled generosity. This doesn’t just impact our tithes and offerings, but reaches into all of life. It starts with an eternal motive – responding to how God first gave to us. This results in lives changed by Christ, God’s family expanded, and the message of Jesus made known for generations to come.
So may we not be greedy, but give freely out of an identity firmly rooted in God’s grace. May we live with hands open wide, imitating our generous Savior. As we give over get, we’ll reap rewards that echo into eternity.