A Thrill of Hope, Part 1
Pastor Louis Johnson, December 4, 2016
Generosity = Velocity
Greed is not a financial issue It’s a heart issue.
It’s a forgiveness issue.
An addiction issue.
It’s a confession issue.
Or a pain issue.
Greed has caused our world to lose hope. There is one thing that breaks the back of greed: Generosity.
19 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. 5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. 7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” 8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” -Luke 19:1-10
This world has nothing that can permanently satisfy our soul.
At some point this week, do one unbelievably kind act for someone.
Pay for someone’s food
Pay for their gas
Buy someone groceries
People can’t get over generosity.
Generosity gives people hope when there is no hope.