The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
// Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)
Right now, God is rejoicing over me with singing. As I pray, read the Word, and worship, I can tune in and hear His melodies over my life. It’s a beautiful, crazy, mind-blowing thing. But I’m not here to have my own silent dance party -- the greatest song of all time is meant to be played loudly and shared broadly! It’s for everybody, but so many have yet to hear it.
Matthew 5:48 encourages us to “live generously and graciously towards others, the way God lives towards us”, and I believe our acts of generosity play a key role in un-blocking people’s ears to hear God’s song over them. It’s the tangible way we use our time, gifts, words, and finances to show the love of Christ to the people around us and say: “I’ve heard His song over me, and I want you to hear yours”.
Because we all have varying resources, the outward manifestation of generosity will look different for each of us, but my prayer is that collectively our inward motivation would be the same –- to love because He first loved us. To recognize that generosity is a posture of our heart before it is a dollar from our pocket, an act of our hands or a word from our mouth. To humbly unplug our metaphorical (and let’s face it, often literal) headphones so that we can give, encourage, and serve on the front lines.
The Gospel doesn’t stop with you or me, and His song is not ours alone to hear. So today, let your money rattle a needy tin, let your words spread melodies of life and truth; let your time be sown to the rhythm of His heart. Be intentional. Keep it simple. Use what you have. Let your loving acts of generosity, poured out of a heart humbled by His gracious mercy, combine together to form the sweetest worship, a crescendo that reveals the song He’s singing over every person in New York City (and beyond): “You were worth every nail. Every beat of my heart is for you. I take great delight in you. I rejoice over you.”
From Heaven to Earth let it be proclaimed that He ismighty to save. Don’t die with the music in you!
// Jolie Egan