“Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.”
- If you have repented, you should be generous.
- John wouldn’t baptize them until evidence was demonstrated in their life.
- Re = to turn.
- Pent = the highest, utmost (u-turn).
- Repentance must demonstrate a changed life.
- Generosity is evidence of repentance.
Could someone see through your generosity that you’re a Christ follower?
Galatians 6:2, 10 – when we give, we fulfill the law of Christ!
We look most like Christ when we are generous.
“So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers].”
Galatians 6:10 AMPC
“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”
- The first thing used to describe the believer was generosity.
- A lack of generosity is hypocritical living.
- Generosity is seen in both ends of the Bible.
- “Least of these” – in the society they are the most insignificant.
- When you are generous to the least, there is not an ulterior motive.
- Which group do I want to be in line with? (Sheep or Goats)
- Our generosity is heavy with God.
“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”
- You look most like Christ when you are helping another bear their burdens.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
- As we have opportunities, we bear each other burdens.
- You can’t offer what you don’t have, and you can’t give out of what you haven’t received.
- God can’t get anything TO you that He can’t get THROUGH you.
- We are blessed to be a blessing to others!
It’s one thing to know what to do, it’s another thing to know why you do it.
“Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
- We are part of this everlasting covenant.
- Don’t just tell me you’re a child of Abraham, show me.
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
“And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
- We belong to Jesus and are an heir to Abraham and part of his covenant.
- It’s a ‘blessed to be a blessing’ covenant. All the more reason why we are to be a blessing!
What is the Blessing?
- “Things” are not a blessing. The blessing is spiritual.
- Ephesians 1:3.
- You can’t see or feel the blessing.
- You may end up with a “thing,” but the favor is the blessing.
- The blessing is in operation when I chose to be a blessing.
“The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”
- Genesis 14.
- What seems impossible before becomes a lifestyle when you live under “The Blessing.”
- It’s the power of the blessing of God that is making things happen.