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Building A Lasting Memorial

                        “What do you have that you did not receive …”  1Corinthians 4:7

“They walk in all humility and kindness, and falsehood is not found among them, and they love one another. They despise not the widow, and grieve not the orphan. He that has, distributes liberally to him that has not. If they see a stranger, they bring him under their roof, and rejoice over him, as it were their own brother: for they call themselves brethren, not after the flesh, but after the spirit and in God; but when one of their poor passes away from the world, and any of them see him, then he provides for his burial according to his ability; and if they hear that any of their number is imprisoned or oppressed for the name of their Messiah, all of them provide for his needs, and if it is possible that he may be delivered, they deliver him. And if there is among them a man that is poor and needy, and they have not an abundance of necessaries, they fast two or three days that they may supply the needy with their necessary food.”
                                                                                           Aristides, Christian philosopher
                                                                                                    Circa A.D. 125

  “At a seminary in Bangalore, India, a nun said to Mother Teresa, ‘Mother, you are spoiling the poor people by giving them things free. They are losing their human dignity.’ When everyone was quiet, Mother said, ‘No one spoils as much as God himself. See the wonderful gifts he has given us freely. All of you here have no glasses, yet you all can see. If God were to take money for your sight, what would happen? Continually we are breathing and living on oxygen that we do not pay for. What would happen if God were to say, ‘If you work four hours, you will get sunshine for two hours?’ How many of us would survive then?”     Mother Teresa, In The Heart of The World

The fundamental principle that should govern the life of every true child of God is Generosity. Generosity is the response of an individual who knows the answer to Paul’s question, “What do you have that you did not receive?” The answer is nothing. Therefore, freely you have received, freely give (Matt. 10:8). That is the principle that motivates our life as stewards of the manifold grace of God. We do not give in order to pay God for His blessings. How could that be possible?  We give because we recognize what the grace of God has provided for us. Generosity is a concrete expression of true spirituality. Generosity is valued both in heaven and on earth. The generosity of God is on constant display in heaven. For at the center of the universe is a throne, and upon it is a slain lamb. That means, among other things, that the operative force behind this universe is not just power but generosity, or grace, to use the Biblical term.

                                                                                             Love in Christ,
                                                                                             Brother Mike

 

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Jesus told His disciples, “You say, four months more and then comes the harvest.  But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting.”
John 4:35