Why is God generous with those he loves? Why does he promise to provide for you? Why does he bother to listen to your prayers? Why does he forgive you? Why did he send his son to die for your sins?
Romans 5.8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
What is so generous about that? It’s pretty simply actually. Sin separates us from God – God is holy and without sin. He hates sin so much that it is like the stench of death in his nostrils – he will have nothing to do with it. Because of your sin he will have nothing to do with us. You deserve nothing less than total separation from God and death. So, his willingness to extend grace to you – to give you what you don’t deserve – and his willingness to extend mercy to you – not giving you what we you deserve – but instead to establish a pathway to forgiveness for you is VERY generous! It’s generous because he didn’t have to do it. But he did. Why?
Why would God choose to send his son to live within the limitations of human life and die through the most horrible form of capital punishment ever devised in order to pay the penalty of your sin? Why would he be this generous to you? One reason: You are God’s treasure! Do you know that God treasures you? He does! It’s clear that you are on his heart – that he loves you deeply. If you have his heart, then you are his treasure. The Bible is filled with stories about how much he loves you, how he forgives you, how he pours out his graciousness and loving kindness on you. And since you don’t deserve any of that you can’t help but see God as extremely generous with you.
James 1.18: And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.
1 John 3.1 1See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!
God possesses many great attributes and a common thread through many of them is his generosity – especially his generosity when extending forgiveness to his children. And he does this because you are his treasure!
How do you know that God treasures you?
Next post in the Generosity series – The Attributes of a Christ -follower