God the Giver
This week we begin a new series, 40 Days of Generosity, about cultivating a lifestyle of giving. We begin by looking at our model, God, as Giver of the ultimate gift which is spiritual life in Christ. In order to understand how this spiritual life is a truly extravagant gift from God, we must begin with the apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:1-3. He makes it clear that before God came in Christ, all of us were dead - spiritually dead - in our sin and rebellion against God. But God... But God is a God of mercy and love who wants us to be in relationship with Him. God wants to save us - to *give* us life! This is what happens in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ and we call this action *grace*. God is a Giver because God is a God of grace. We can be generous because God is generous and God has made a way for us to be in life-giving relationship with Him.