Uncommon Generosity – October 13, 2016

Romans 12:13, Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

1 John 3:16, We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been in a teaching series at Cottonwood Creek titled ‘Relationship Goals God’s Way.’ During the first three weeks, I spoke about three keys to great relationships which are love, humility and forgiveness. If you missed any of those thoughts, you can find them on my daily blog.

The fourth fundamental of ‘Relationships Goals God’s Way’ is the goal of uncommon commitment. In Romans 12, the Apostle Paul gives us five keys to uncommon commitment. So far this week,  we have examined the first three keys:

  1. If we want great relationships, we need to be a lover and a hater!
  2. Serve God with passion! The closer we get to God and the more we serve Him, the stronger our relationships will be.
  3. Uncommon commitment is don’t stop believing.

The fourth fundamental of ‘Relationships Goals God’s Way is the goal of uncommon commitment. Uncommon commitment requires uncommon generosity. In Romans 12:13, the Apostle Paul tells us to, “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”  Those two words share and practice don’t come easily. Most athletes love to play in games, but they just don’t like to practice. However, it is the commitment to practice every day that makes for success on game day. John Stott said, “Every Christian should be both conservative and radical; conservative in preserving the faith and radical in applying it.” So today be radical in applying your faith to your relationships by showing generosity to both good and difficult relationships you encounter.

Think about that and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D