Meditation

01/12/2022

A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.” (Proverbs 22:9)

The truly caring person who enjoys helping others receives blessings abundantly. Jesus taught that giving brings the reward of inward blessings. Stewardship involves much more than regular gifts to God’s work. It also involves a caring attitude that leads to caring actions for people in need. You know it is God’s work, because it just fills you with joy and love for reaching out to those less fortunate, but also because we recognize this is how He feels when he helps us out!

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, so often we see others silently crying and we ask their permission to pray with them and this leads us to finding out what their problems is. We know You are near to us at these times, as we find ways to help them out of their immediate problem and is warms our hearts to be able to help others who are distraught, not knowing what they are to do next. There are other times when we just know their need and take care of it for them, without their knowing who helped them. It is in these times, that we feel closer to You than ever, because we have been blessed in so many ways and these “chance encounters” are your way of letting us know just how much we can do for our neighbors. This we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

God has given us two hands; one to received with and the second to give with.”

KNOWING GOD:

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35)

Paul used his personal example to motivate the Ephesians to work hard and help the weak. He even warned them to be steadfast, for after he was gone, the “wolves” would move in and try to change things back to the way their were. The “wolves” being those with hardened hearts but claiming to be Christians, while all along they were holding onto the material world.

Receiving is good; giving is better. Paul believed in working diligently to provide for one’s family and to give. Giving to help the weak is an essential part of worship. Such giving brings a Christian joy. Jesus’ life of giving is the Christian’s model for living out our faith. Even when Jesus was just plain worn out from traveling and teaching and preaching, some would come forward and He would have “compassion on them,” and see to their needs. We don’t do this for recognition, we do these acts because they must be cared for.

I AM:

For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For the Gentiles have shared in the Jew’s spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.” (Romans 15:26-27)

The Christian life is always spiritual in nature and claims material things to serve spiritual ends. Christians are to serve God and fellow Christians by properly using material possessions. The Gentile Christians knew they owed their opportunity for salvation to the missionary efforts of the Jews. They were willing to cross geographical and racial lines to help the Jews in their physical needs. Christian love places no limits on who can be helped by our sacrificial gifts to God’s work.

2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” (Matthew 5:42)

The Christian cannot ignore human need or refuse to help the needy. Whether we have sufficient resources or not, we help because we love Christ, who gave everything, rather than by laws or percentages. Thus, Christian stewards cannot turn away from people seeking help. The world will hold back and say, “They’re not a good risk.” or I won’t help this fellow, he might not pay be back. Christian’s simply say, “left me help you out.” or “Come in, let me fix you something to eat and we can talk about the best way to help you.” This is where our faith truly is tested, for Jesus’ model was to give and give and then give again. Another way to say this is, “To Love Your Neighbor As Yourself.”

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