Day 17 – October 26, 2012 – 40-Day Spiritual Journey

GIVE AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN

READ Luke 6: 38

REFLECT

We live in a society where giving is not the focus; but getting is. People have become more focused on themselves to the detriment of those around them. Volunteerism is dying. Many organizations and churches who rely on volunteers are struggling to stay afloat and people are becoming more self-absorbed and less willing to help their fellow man or society in general.

In verse 38 of Luke 6, we are asked to give our life away, and when we do, we will find our life given back, with bonus and blessing. How many of us are missing that bonus and blessing? It’s something the Lord wants to give us, if we would just trust Him.

It is my belief that we were not put on this earth to receive, but to serve. By serving, we give our life away for Christ and our fellow man and, somehow, miraculously, it will all come back to us. Not just given back according to what we have put in, but much, much, more. When God asked Solomon what He could do for him, Solomon asked for wisdom and knowledge and leadership qualities, and he was granted them, but also the bonus of every earthly desire he could imagine.

Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity. That is a promise from God.

Can you imagine how things would change in families, workplaces, neighbourhoods and governments if that was our passion. Why not give it a chance? It could be the greatest blessing of your life. Give it away!

BOTTOM LINE

God is offering us an opportunity that we should not refuse, and He promises to bless our actions.

LIVE
Many of us would think that there are just not enough hours in the day to look after ourselves, let alone others. Why not start out with baby steps, trusting God with your finances and your time? Pray for wisdom to see how He wants you to use your gifts and blessings; then step out in faith to give.

PRAY

Pray that the Lord will open your heart and mind to what He wants you to do in giving yourself away. Ask him to bless you abundantly, as He promises, while you are blessing others.

John Atkinson

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