Posted by: duncandrews | July 28, 2009

Faith and generosity

I’ve just started reading Miroslav Volf’s ‘Free of Charge’, with high expectations given the wrap he gets. I have to say I’m still waiting to get into the book – for some reason it hasn’t really grabbed me yet. But I’m only on page 50 so perhaps it’ll come!

One thing I have appreciated though is this paragraph, on the relationship between faith and generosity:

… faith doesn’t tell us how little we are and what we can’t do. On the contrary, it celebrates what we most properly are – God’s empowered creatures – and it frees us to our greatest accomplishments… If faith denies anything, it denies that we are tiny, self-obsesed specks of matter who are reaching for the stars but remain hopelessly nailed to the earth stuck in our own self-absorption. Faith is the first part of the bridge from self-centredness to generosity. (p44)

Faith is open hands. Faith isn’t a ‘thing’ we own, but the recognition that we are ‘receivers and receivers only’. This recognition frees us to be truly generous, with neither patronising benevolence nor coercive, grasping love.

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Pic on Flickr by Joseph Gurney

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  1. Just updating through the family websites. I haven’t heard of Miroslav Volf. You’ll have to update me there.


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