By Brian Kellly Bauknight
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We see this sense of presence especially in children. Children, however, also tend to grow away from the sense of God's presence as they grow older. In some ways, life is a journey to retouch that spiritual core. Our oldest son turned thirty recently. He told us about the role of prayer that was reemerging in his life as he wrestled with some large issues. ” He said that it felt good to be in touch with that part of his life again. Are you growing toward such rediscovery? Jesus said that the kingdom of God is within you.
Here is the story of adventure with God. Giving as a disciple of Jesus is about that same adventure. The journey of the Christian life is not an easy one. It is not necessarily smooth or prosperous or financially successful. But that journey is always an adventure. Part of the adventure is giving. The amount of your gift is not as important as the cost to you. Jesus is talking about risks in giving and in living. Jesus is calling for an almost recklessly adventurous spirit. Some gave to the temple treasury out of abundance.
The Bible also teaches excellence in generosity. God is praised, and the church is alive when God's people give in an excelling fashion. Does your giving honor God? Does your offering say something positive about your relationship with the Almighty? To “excel” is to rise above, to surpass expectations. To excel in giving is to be outstanding, to eclipse the status quo. Paul reminds us: “Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking” (2 Corinthians 8:7).