Give with Love
Once a young man was badly injured in a gas explosion. Coming in and out of consciousness, he heard a nurse say, “I’ve done my duty. I’m going home.” After sleeping some more, he awoke and realized his mother was with him. He told her what the nurse said, and the he asked, “What are you doing here?” She replied, “I’m doing my love.”
Love is active. It is something we do. An inspiring example of “doing love” occurred when Jesus visited the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. John described the scene: “Then Mary took a pint of pure nard, and expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume” (John 12:3).
There were strong complaints about this act of love, namely Judas who thought Mary could have found a better use for expensive perfume. But Jesus commended Mary’s expression of devotion, given in honor of who He was and in thanks for how He raised her brother from the dead.
The Bible describes God’s love in terms of action: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son” (John 3:16). And Paul reminded us, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9).
To be generous is “giving or sharing in abundance and without hesitation.” That describes the way God gives, and hopefully it describes your attitude in giving to Him through your church.