Happy New Year! Did you know God has a purpose and a plan for your life? He desires for your life something different. He desires that you would become ‘transformed’ into His image. I hope to help you with that and I hope you desire that as well. That being said, as the New Year begins so does a new sermon series. Over the next weeks we’ll be looking at another of God’s Visions for your life. That vision is ‘openhandedness’. Openhandedness has more to do with the lifestyle of generosity and gratitude than a simple one time gift. Understand God’s desire for your life and mine is that we become a people who intentionally seek out and give to others without ‘strings’. God’s desire for us is that we would be a people who not only give out of our pocket books, but that we would be a people who give from the very core of who we are. Our time, our resources, our talents, our gifts and our monies. His desire is that we might be a people who intentionally seek out and ‘love’ in practical ways, people.
God isn’t after a people who would simply ‘comply’ with his standards and wishes, motivated by simple ‘duty’. To expect this from your and I would simply add a ‘burden’ we could not carry to our lives on our own. It would be exhausting. Instead, God is after a transformation in our hearts. That our hearts by a relationship with Jesus by faith, would not only be ‘able’ to carry but willingly and energetically carry. That in His vision of ‘openhandedness’ we might be salt and light to a world that needs both flavor and a worthy example. Why? That He might be praised and glorified. It is after all, what you and I were made for.
Our text for the next few weeks is centered in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 6 verses 19-21. Verse 21 reads, “ For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21 ESV)
Where does your treasure lie? Have you invested in good and eternal things? Where is your focus in life?
These are some of the questions we’ll answer in the next few weeks as we look at God’s design and vision for your life in the area of ‘openhandedness’.
I would love to see you at church and discuss this with you further – if you can’t make it, I invite you to follow along with the recorded messages online.
God bless you all this New Year, may it be a year of transformation and growth in our Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ.