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He Gave it All

Have you ever really thought about the life of Jesus and the amazing gift of that He gave us? 

Have you contemplated how He gave up everything – 

His place in Heaven,  

His perfect life of communion with His Father and the Holy Spirit- 

just so that we could have a relationship with Him?

Have you taken time to drill down into the outrageous goodness 

and ultimate sacrifice of all He did for humanity?

It is mind-blowing, isn’t it?.

He loves us so much He gave His life for us.

He forgave our sins so that we live a different life:

A life full of mercy…

healing…

hope…

and goodness.

In our Generous Classroom program, 

we are giving our students the eye-opening opportunity to dive into the ultimate gift – 

Jesus’ act of unbelievable generosity.

How can we take in all that grace and mercy?

 Or respond to that kind of generosity?

We accept Him and His gift with open arms!

Can I Get an Amen?

Sometimes we don’t really know how to respond to folks who are generous. 

We can feel overwhelmed by the gift they are offering. 

Or we don’t want to feel beholden to them or owe them. 

We say awkward things like,

“You didn’t have to do that.”

Or

“That’s too much.” 

Or if we are feeling unworthy, we can even deny the gift they are trying to give us and say,

“No thanks. I’m good.”

But Jesus’ generosity isn’t tied to our being good or being worthy. (Thank goodness!)

It’s tied to His all-encompassing love for us.

He loves us so much that He wanted us to have the gift we could never have on our own – a new life!

All we have to do is accept His generosity.

His ultimate gift is a gift that keeps on giving. 

More peace.

More hope.

More joy.

It is a gift that you will never regret accepting!

The Salvation Poem is one of the ways that we remind our students about the ultimate gift Jesus has given us.

But you don’t have to be a kid to say this poem. 

It can anchor you in the truth of all that Jesus has done for you

 if you are 9 or you are 90!

Now, can I get an amen to that?

Gratitude Upon Gratitude

When it comes to the ultimate gift that Jesus gave us, we can’t ever pay it back…

But we can pay it forward. 

We can live a life of generosity and gratitude in response to the new life He has given us.

Our generosity can mirror His.

As He changes our hearts to look like His, we begin to act like Him.

Being generous with our 

thoughts,

words,

money,

time,

influence,

attention,

and belongings –

the 7 ways of living generously

is a lifestyle of gratitude!

Living generously is the way that we respond because of how truly grateful we are!

And it really doesn’t get any better than that, does it?

 

Susanna Aughtmon is a gifted writer, wonderful wife, mother, daughter and friend, and a valued member of the I Like Giving team.