John 3:16. For God so loved the world he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life.
2 Corinthians 8:24. Show them the proof of your love and the reason we are so proud of, in such a way that the churches can see it.
Bishop Schnase puts it this way in his book Five Practices of Fruitful Living:
We give because we are made in the image of God, whose essential nature is giving. We are created with God’s nature imprinted on our souls; we are hard-wired to be social, compassionate, connected, loving, and generous. God’s extravagant generosity is part of our essential nature as well. But we are anxious and fearful, influenced by a culture that makes us believe we never have enough. And we are scarred by habits that draw us away from God and that turn us inward with a corrosive self-interest. God sent Jesus Christ to bring us back to ourselves, and back to God. As we “have in us the mind that was in Christ Jesus,” we become free.
The entire teaching of the 2 Corinthians passage leading to verse 24 is about giving. Paul concludes that giving is proof (or evidence) of our love of God. God doesn’t require our generosity. When we truly accept the generous gift of God’s love, our only possible response is to live and give generously.
We hope that you have been blessed through these messages, devotionals and testimonies. I believe the Holy Spirit is moving within the OCF membership and that each one of us will go forth in service to God and our neighbor with Extravagant Generosity.
Acts 20:24. What matters to me is to finish what God started: the job the Master Jesus gave me of letting everyone I meet know all about this incredibly extravagant generosity of God.
We are now in the last leg of the OCF Growing and Building Campaign—Spring Canyon Alive! We have $1.4 million left to be raised to complete this campaign—debt free! Please go to the Lord in prayer and ask what He may want you to do to further the ministry to our military at the OCF conference centers. You will be receiving a letter in the mail next week that will contain a commitment card. You can fill it out and return in the envelope provided, or you can make a pledge or one-time gift online.