Beyond the Weekend

February 7 | Make it a Habit

February 7, 2018


In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Read: Matthew 5:13-16

Listen: Matthew 5


Jesus tells his followers to meet needs so people think more highly of God. Jesus knew this wouldn’t happen automatically. He made a point to remind the people of the important role they play in the world. He tells them to organize their life so their actions show people the generosity of God.

The creator of the universe called on us to be generous and help those around us too. To do this, we need to make a decision ahead of time to make it a habit. Whole life generosity needs to become a core part of who we are.

As grace receivers—we should be grace givers. This means we need to be generous when things are going well for us and when things are hard. Generous when people say thanks and when they don’t. We are doing this for God and not for recognition. If we are generous for selfish reasons, we might do it once and feel like it wasn’t that great of an experience. But it takes time to build a habit as we work towards whole life generosity.


Have a conversation with God about a dollar amount you can give away this week. Whole life generosity includes our time, words, hospitality and forgiveness—but money too. Ask God to bring a dollar amount to your mind. Set aside that amount. For some of us that might be $5, $10 or $50. Or for some, it might be much more. The number is between you and God. Look this week for an opportunity to give the money away.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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