Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth.— A. W. Tozer
If you’re like me, there are aspects of how you live your life that you want to improve — especially in your relationship with Jesus. It can be easy to become content with how things might be, so much so that we might not even realize that there is room for growth! Working against us are cultural norms, peer pressure, bad habits — or simply a lack of encouragement to take the next step toward making a change.
Well, Houston’s First wants to be that source of encouragement. From October through Easter in late April, we’re providing helpful resources related to a different spiritual discipline each month. The goal of this intentional focus — called InnerChange — is to deepen our faith by incorporating practices that will turn our attention to Him and align our hearts with His.
As followers of Christ, let’s commit to never becoming complacent with where we are in our relationship with our Savior. If you do not already know Jesus, I invite you to ask questions and seek answers here at Houston’s First. Take a step toward making the greatest inner-change you could ever make — giving your life to Jesus Christ.
Pastor Gregg Matte
The dictionary defines generous as “showing a readiness to give more of something, as money or time, than is strictly necessary or expected.” But, the original meaning implied that being generous was to be “of noble birth.” From a Christian point of view, those distinct definitions actually have a clear connection to one another.
Followers of Jesus who have been born again into a new life with Him — the King of kings and Lord of lords — are now of noble birth despite their earthly heritage. With this new identify comes “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading” (1 Peter 1:4). God provides for our every need as His beloved children, leaving us with an abundance to share with others — more than is “strictly necessary or expected.”
Here are a few specific things you can do that are designed to develop the discipline of being generous.
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As you can imagine, there are many verses that talk about prayer! Here are a few to memorize. What other ones can you find?
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Use the suggestions for preschoolers, children, and students as you guide them in the discipline of generosity.
"Do Something" by Matthew West reminds us that God has already provided a way for the needs and problems we see around us to be addressed — us. By giving of our resources, time, attention, and more, we can do something.