And now I entrust you to God and the Word of His grace--His message that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those whom He has set apart for Himself.
I have never coveted anyone's money or fine clothing. You know that these hands of mine have worked to pay my own way, and I have even supplied the needs of those who are with me. I have been a constant example of how you can help the poor by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: It is more blessed to give than to receive.
The Source of Life!
Have you ever been to the Dead Sea near Jerusalem? To its north is
the Sea of Galilee. It’s alive with life and activity. Kids play in its
waters. Fishermen make a living from its abundance.
The Water of the Sea of Galilee flows south forming the Jordon River
and flowing into the Dead Sea. Nothing lives there.
No one plays in its waters. It is dead!
Same water as the Sea of Galilee, but instead of life there is death.
The Sea of Galilee receives its waters, then gives them away to the Jordan River. The Dead Sea receives the very same water, but it holds on to it.
The Dead Sea has no outlet. It receives and keeps.
The Sea of Galilee receives and gives.
The difference between life and death? God intended us to receive and give.
In the giving away, we find life. When we seek to hold on –
to gather the stuff of life, we find death.
We are out of step with God.
That’s the way it is with Agape love. Love first received, then given
away. Given freely – and given away freely. No strings attached.
What is God saying to me through this Word?
Why is giving a better way than receiving?
Prayer Focus: Persons who live with open hands
May we all share the River of Life flowing from us and through us with the world around us.
May we always look for the spark of life in the people God has put in our path, looking for the good in them for the breath of God to ignite, turning the spark into a flame that burns brightly to God's glory.
May we all have the heart of a steward and not an owner as we give of ourself to others. In our obedience to the Father, let us not hide behind the wall of our good works instead of accepting the heart of our Perfect Father to mold and shape us into all He has created for each us to become.
May we all have the courage of the Apostle Paul to say, Look at me, live your life according to my example. May the choices we make validate the message of the Gospel of Grace according to the truths and promises from God that we know.
May we always remember that God does not require perfection on our part to be loved completely, for Him to provide for us in all areas of life or for Him to protect us. We wear His righteousness not our own.
May we give ourself over to God the way He has given of Himself to us.