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This Sunday I’ll be sharing a message with East Lanier entitled “The Face of Generosity in a Myspace Generation!”, out of Micah 7:18-20. We’ll exploring the intersection between identity, security, and one’s perceived future; and generous living and giving. My opening hook is from an article I read by the chief executive of Myspace, Chris DeWolfe. The piece was in Forbes Magazine and is titled, “The MySpace Generation.”

Typically for many people in the more conservative sectors of Christendom Myspace visibly offers parents more challenge than it does opportunity for raising their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Challenges of protecting the moral and physical safety of their children from predators, pornographic culture, and unbelieving peers who’s life compasses are pointed south rather than north. These challenges are very real and, at least for myself, the question of whether Myspace offer’s more challenge than opportunity for youth culture is one I leave open while remaining squarely concerned for them.

But, as DeWolfe’s article points out so well, Myspace is more than just a challenge, its an opportunity. The Burrito Project is just one of many benefits this global, virtual, self-esteeming community offers its users. And it seems incontestable that as a medium and a virtual community, Myspace can get mercy and generosity…

The question for me as a Youth Pastor and follower of Jesus is can I, and Jesus bride, get Myspace? Below are two video’s that capture The Burrito Project DeWolfe speaks about in his Forbes article.

How does Micah tie into all of this? Great question, perhaps we should narrow it a bit more, how does Micah 7:18-20 tie into all of this? The way I see it generosity in our lives flows out from our sense of identity, security & future. And where we find those things will mean volumes to the tone and depth of generous living and giving our lives witness too!

Micah 7:18-20 is the closing of Micah’s prophetic accounting in Scripture. Micah is prophesying as a contemporary of Isaiah against the compromise of Israel’s Kings in their treaties, he’s charging them to trust that YHWH has called them ‘His covenant people’. To acknowledge that their present judgment is just, and to believe that the hope of their city, Jerusalem, lies not in military treaties but in YHWH’s character as the only True and Gracious God. Assyria may rejoice of the troubles of Israel but she will see that Judgment of YHWH is a too edged blade, and that his jealousness and saving generosity toward his people is indeed unlike any other gods.

Like Israel, the church must see that her identity, security, and future does not lay within herself; but rather in the covenant keeping, loving faithfulness of YHWH: WHO HAS BROUGHT US THROUGH THE RED SEA; FROM THE BONDAGE OF EGYPT; WHO IS OUR PROTECTION AGAINST THE RAGES OF THE NATIONS; WHO WILL BE OUR SALVATION IN CHRIST (Who has been our salvation IN Christ!).

Micah’s name in the Hebrew literally meant, “Who is like unto God?”, which was a rhetorical way of saying no one is! Does the generosity in our lives reverberate with this, it can…The I AM of Moses, is the I AM of Micah, is the I AM JESUS, and is the I AM in, with, and for us…let us be a people who’s lives and giving bear out the I AM’s name!