We tend to think of generosity in terms of financial offerings, but really it has a much wider definition and starts much deeper than merely being moved to charity.
Imagine for a moment a life and a world free from the finality of death. What would it feel like? How might you behave differently? What would it look like–your life, relationships, work, the sidewalks, streets, and communities around us?
Work is hard and often feels futile. Things don’t ever seem to go right. And natural disasters claim thousands of lives each year. How has sin alienated us from creation? Is there hope?
How does our alienation from God and ourselves cause us to experience alienation from each other? Is there hope for broken relationships?
What is the difference between guilt and shame? How does alienation from God cause us to become alienated from our very selves?
Sin is a word that is often misunderstood. What is the essence of sin and it’s effects in the world? Is there a cure for it?
Marriage is an invitation to a deep spiritual friendship, one that requires honesty and vulnerability. What is the purpose, priority, and power of marriage? What can it teach us about singleness?
These days, spirituality is in. Transcendence is in. Yoga and meditation are in. Finding your personal “spiritual path” is in. Finding “inner peace” are in. There’s a lot to be commended about some of these contemporary and popular notions of spirituality. But we should also notice that there are some real and important differences with a Biblical understanding of spirituality. We see a few of these in today’s passage. What is the “spirituality” for which we were created?
It is not good that people should be alone. We were created to be in community. We were made to need people. Nothing can take the place of what other human lives and relationships can bring us. What does it mean to have community, friendship, and intimacy?
God worked. Created in his image, we were made to work. God rested. Created in his image, we were made to rest. This simple truth has profound implications. Rest is required, not recommended. It is spiritual, not just physical. It’s active, not passive. It’s about others, not just you. This is what the book of Genesis teaches us about our need for Sabbath rest.