Heart disease is a serious problem in our country. According to the Center for Disease Control, one in four American deaths are from heart disease. Yet, the truth is, spiritual heart disease may be far more problematic. The most important antidote for spiritual heart disease is giving. When we give, our hearts grow stronger and bigger.

The Bible contains more promises about giving and generosity than any other subject. Why? You’re never more like God than when you give. God gives. It’s what God does. He’s generous. All you have is a gift from God. You wouldn’t take your next breath if God didn’t give it to you.

Every time we choose to give generously rather than hoarding what we have, we get a bigger — and healthier — heart.

It is not a mistake that the word “miser” and “miserable” come from the same word. There are only two kinds of people in life: takers and givers. Takers are always sad and mad. Givers are glad.

Ultimately, giving is about your past, present, and future relationship with God.

Past: You’re grateful for all God has done in your life.

Present: You keep your current priorities in place. Giving reminds you that God is first in your life.

Future: Your giving reminds you that God will take care of your future.

Being generous with what you have tells the world who matters most to you.

This week as we conclude our Defying Gravity series we are going to talk about what it looks like in our lives when we get it right; when our lives are characterized by a generous heart.

At the conclusion of the service as a congregation we will make our response and bring our Commitment Forms to the altar as an expression of worship and consecration. As you consider your commitment of support for the work and ministry of our church, I encourage you to use the prayer below. God has a big dream for New Creation, and big dreams call us to big faith. I pray that you will join us in being part of even more impact!

Randy

Generous Father, you are the giver of every good and perfect gift. May I rejoice in you! May my love for you result in a love for generosity, for you are generous and good. May my gifts be given with joy as a blessing to you and to my neighbor who is in need, and may my giving be an extension of my true heart’s desire. Amen.