Pastor Kurt Gebhards continued his sermon from Philippians 4:14-19 today. He talked about what a generous God we have.
The first gift God gives His children is Salvation. Then because of our joyful receiving of that gift He gives us the gift of Spiritual Gifts. Next He gives us the gift of Christian life (fellowship with fellow believers.) And then He gives us the gifts of service and finally the gift of rewards.
He could have stopped at Salvation and it would have been more than enough!
Pastor Kurt went on to talk about the rewards and what it takes to please God. We all want to hear the words someday, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” But not all Christians will. We have to earn that. Think about putting periods in that sentence: Good. And faithful. Servant. God is pleased when we are good. He is pleased when we are faithful. And He is pleased when we serve. In other words, when we act like His Son. When we sacrifice for someone else.
What we do, how we do it and our motivation are all important. Generosity is particularly pleasing to God because He sees Himself in that.