“But Peter said to him, ‘May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!’” Acts [8:20]
We’ve talked a lot about generosity this week. One thing must be clearly stated—you cannot buy God’s blessing!
God doesn’t need your money. And He certainly doesn’t call us to enter into an economic transaction with Him. He is just and justifier. If you’re in Christ, He paid your debt, and then in grace upon grace, He poured out his Spirit upon you to empower you to follow Him. You can’t buy it. Jesus bought it! You can’t get it. Jesus gave it.
We don’t live generously to attain status, gain fame, or to buy a plot of heaven. We have been adopted as God’s children; there is no greater status. Jesus speaks our name as justified before his Father; there is no better fame! We have an eternal inheritance kept for us in Christ. Jesus bought for you, all of heaven with His blood. He gives it freely; there is nothing left to purchase.
Christ followers live generously because it’s our new family legacy. The forerunner of our faith set aside His divine rights, suffered on earth, and died for us. We live generously because we now live as part of a generous family.
God, forgive me for the moments I thought I could buy your grace by my efforts or with my money. Thank you for loving me and for giving so much more than I could ever buy. Amen.