We sang the well known song How great thou art to start the day and although I have sung this song many times, I found myself strangely moved. Especially by the words of the third verse
'And when I think that God his son not sparing, sent him to die. I scarce can take it in. That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, he bled and died to take away my sin'I had never quite thought about Jesus gladly bearing the weight of my sin. But as I stood and listened to others singing I recalled the words from the New Testament letter to the Hebrews, 'who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross' (Hebrews 12.3). Believe it or not, the Lord Jesus experienced joy in paying the price for my sin. And of course for yours too!
When it comes to giving, whether our time or talents or money, we are often rather reluctant. Thank God for a saviour who generously and gladly gives. He puts us to shame-but still welcomes us.