Stepping into Generosity

Grave Robbers Week #6

Stepping into Generosity

John 12:1-8


Generosity has a way of impacting our lives

Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. 2 A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him.  John 12:1-2

Serving allows Jesus to do something in us

Serving doesn’t open doors to the church, it opens doors for you

Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.  John 12:3

Connection equals direction

When generosity happens, the house is filled with fragrance

Generosity is contagious

Generosity brings connection  

But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, 5 “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” 6 Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.  John 12:4-6

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  Acts 1:8

You can’t reach the ends of the earth until you reach where you are right now

Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”  John 12:7-8

In Jesus we have great love

In Jesus we have great forgiveness

In Jesus we have great acceptance

In Jesus we have great companionship through The Holy Spirit  

In Jesus we have the promise of a great eternity