As we step into this season of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share something truly special with you that resonates deeply with the spirit of the times we find ourselves in.
As Christ-followers, we are called to encourage one another, and this season allows us to do just that as we find much time fellowshipping together. The fellowship of believers allows us to give to one another, be an example of Christ to one another, and thank God that we can do so.
We can focus on the importance of generosity among believers using 2 Corinthians 8:7:
“But as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you – see that you excel in this act of grace also.”
Paul was excited for the Macedonians to want to give generously because it showed how much they truly cared for other believers who were in need. Historically this was a time when Macedonia was overtaken by Rome, and there was immense poverty. However, in their poverty, they still gave abundantly in generosity and continually worked to live Christ-like lives.
We can read this and be encouraged to do the same. We know that God provides for our every need, and because of that, we can rely on him for our own provision. We know He gives to us freely, so we should do the same. When we graciously give to others in many ways, it could be our money, time, resources, etc.; in that giving, we show Christ's love and our trust in His provision. Again, this allows us to thank Him for our every need being met and that He uses us as a vessel for His work to be done.
This Bette’s Box further allows us to understand how to give thanks and be generous. Let’s look at what is inside: