Every now and again, I write a sermon that, on paper, seems to be pedestrian. It is that message that has plenty of obvious material. Inevitably, I relearn that it is the obvious truth of scripture that often makes the greatest impact.
Recently at our church, I preached on the subject of “The Blessing of Generosity.” My basic text was Matthew 6:19-24.
19 Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light within you is darkness—how deep is that darkness! 24 “No one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and of money. (HCSB)
My message used two simple points and each had three subpoints. The first point was “Set Your Priorities” and the second was “Focus on Total Generosity.” Working from Matthew 6:21-24 for the first point, I asked three simple questions:
- Where is your heart?
- Where are your eyes?
- Who is your master?
Looking at the passage from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, they are obvious points to be made and questions to be asked.
With that stated, the three subpoints that I used from “Focus on Total Generosity” seemed to have resonated with many people. In fact, the more I have dwelt on them since preaching, the more important they have become to me as well. They were:
- Give more than is logical (Mark 12:41-44)
- Serve more than is reasonable (Acts 6:1-7)
- Go more than is expected (Acts 1:8)
We all know, but need to be reminded, that the ultimate expression of generosity is found in the character of God. Specifically, we see it occur in the life of Jesus. Jesus is given as the offering for our sins. Jesus serves when he should be served. Jesus goes on the mission that is beyond what should be expected.
The giving, serving, and going of Jesus was His mission to redeem us. And I am so very glad for it.
If you would like to view my message, I hope it will be an encouragement for you. Below is the video of our worship service and the message begins at 21:03.