May 11, 2022 St John UMC

Day 18 of 21 Days of Hope

Day 18 of 21 Days of Hope

Goal: Hope Through You

Theme: Generosity

Difficulty: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐⭐️⭐️⭐️ (9/10)


Hey friends,


Today has one of the highest difficulty ratings through the 21 days. Why? Because we're talking about generosity. But don't quit...keep reading and see why this day may be the most crucial day of all in the 21 days. 


First, have you noticed how generosity is right in the middle of the Easter story? Look at the most famous passage in all of the Bible, John 3:16:


For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


Notice how generosity is embedded in the character of God and is central to the Easter message. Now, here's a huge "aha!" moment for you in this adventure. Generosity is central to the Easter story, but is also unlocks how deeply we receive the message. Look at what Jesus says in Luke 6:38:


Give and it will be given to you...for with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.


So let me ask you a question...Do you need more hope in your life? 


If so, the best thing you can do is receive God's free gift of grace. Then the next step? Start sharing hope generously with others. Sometimes the best way to experience hope is to bring hope to others. If you've ever been on a mission trip then you know how much of a blessing being a blessing can be. 


So here's your chance to put this into action. How can you bring hope with your generosity this Easter season? Here are four starter ideas:


Make a financial donation to a non-profit making an impact in our community.

Set up a recurring donation to the church to support our outreach and missions.

Bless a family in need - maybe a single mom, widow, or someone who lost their job.

Take those items you were about to sell on Facebook Marketplace and bless another family with them.


As you give hope, remember God has a way of bringing more hope to your heart. John Bunyan illustrated it best when he said, "There was a man, they called him mad. The more he gave, the more he had."