I have really appreciated our sermon series through the whole book of Philippians in the early part of 2022. It was been so rich to dwell on this theme of joy in so many different ways. For my regular Scripture reading in the early part of this year, I have been reading through the book of Philippians over and over again. I am a little sad the Pastor Mike preached the last sermon of the series this week, because I have been enjoying the messages and reading Philippians so much.

This theme of giving and generosity has been one of the greatest blessings in my life as a disciple of Jesus. I actually believe that I have experienced so much satisfaction deep within my soul, because of this spiritual discipline. Generous giving is as important as reading Scripture, prayer, worship, service, or any other spiritual practice. If you think you can grow in Christ without generosity taking root in your life, I believe you will be deeply disappointed with the lack of growth in your Christian walk. Generosity is an essential ingredient.

Here is our family’s generosity testimony these days. On a monthly basis, we support: Killearn United Methodist Church, Compassion International, Living Hope Nicaragua, Twelves Churches, FSU Wesley, FAMU Wesley, and QuadW Missional Internships. Additionally over the course of this year, we have supported the Shamrock Scurry, our church’s Alternative Christmas Market, Angel Tree, UMCOR, and K-State Wesley on a one time basis. If you are interested in hearing about any of these ministry efforts, please let me know. I would love to share with you!

I don’t share this testimony as a way of bragging or bringing attention to our family. I share this testimony because God has opened our hearts in a very significant way to the practice of generosity. During these last couple of weeks of Lent, would you consider how you might grow in your generosity? This is not a financial or business kind of consideration. It is a matter of the condition of your heart and your soul.

You are welcome to share your own generosity testimony in the comments.

In His Grip,
Mike Toluba

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