In the shadow of a stingy God?

Theologian Kosuke Koyama once said in a speech that “every Christian must decide whether we serve a stingy God or a generous God.”

I wasn’t in the audience when he said that. But my guess is that he was talking about how our understanding of God impacts how we treat other people. If we think we serve a stingy God, we’ll be stingy toward others. And if we think we serve a generous God, we’ll be generous toward others.

At this point you’re probably guessing what I’m going to say next—that God is generous and so we should be generous toward others.

I could. But I won’t.

Instead, I’m going to say that you need to be generous to toward YOURSELF.

In Psalm 23:3 David says that God “restores his soul.” What if God wanted to restore your soul as well—but you kept cutting him off at the pass?

Are there days when you’re run ragged? Sure. Are there days when you’re tired to the bone? Of course.

But make those days the exception not the rule.

-What if you took the full hour for lunch?
-What if you decide to not beat yourself up when you get your next bad grade?
-What if you took a 24-hour break from social media and the game of constant comparison?
-What if you treated yourself to an evening out?
-What if you got together with a friend to just laugh?

As Koyama said, “every Christian must decide whether we serve a stingy God or a generous God.

Yes. God is generous.

So why not inhale some of the restoration God can work in your soul and be generous…

to yourself.

By Matthew Ruttan

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