“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.”
—John 3:16–17. (The Message)
What do you think of when you hear the phrase “Giving People”? Perhaps your mind goes to:
Donors – giving of their financial resources
Volunteers – giving of their time
Soldiers – giving of their lives for our freedom
Teachers – giving of their knowledge to others
In reality, we have all been influenced by “Giving People;” our parents, our teachers, and our pastors all gave of themselves as examples of how God intended the world to be.
In John 3:16–17, we are reminded that the ultimate gift to the world was the gift God gave of His Son, Jesus, who gave His life for the forgiveness of our sins.
In our world today, there is too much focus on “me” and “my needs.” As we walk through life, we need to do our part to make our little corner of the world right again. We see too many troubles all around us. Our world needs believers to walk through life as examples of “Giving People” who share the gospel message of Jesus and His love for all of us.
— Lt. Colonel Donald W. Lance
Secretary for Business Administration