DAILY BREAD OF LIFE….
FRIDAY 16TH FEB., 2018
TOPIC: GIVE YOURSELF AWAY!
TEXT: 2 CORINTHIANS 8:5 “And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God….”
What do people usually value more than your money? You! Think about it. What takes greater effort – writing a cheque or giving of your time and energy? Which shows a greater level of commitment? Take a moment and recall the people who have had the greatest impact on you: a teacher who helped you realise you could think, learn and achieve; a parent who loved you, sacrificed for you and gave you the gift of self-worth; a mentor who painted a picture of your future then equipped and challenged you to reach for it. Next to your salvation, what could be greater? Ponder these words: ‘When you come to look back on all that you have done in life, you will get more satisfaction from the pleasure you brought to other people’s lives than from the times you outdid and defeated them.’
Too many of us see giving as more than just an act of love – we see it as a transaction – we only give to get! It is obvious that man is himself a traveller; that his purpose in this world is not “to have and to hold,” but “to give and to serve”. There can be no other meaning. It’s so easy to live only for yourself. In fact, it’s one of our most basic instincts – one we have to overcome each day but we can take another path – to be generous with our love and our time. When you give those gifts, you are living out your God-created identity, living generously and graciously. So live it out today.
MEDITATION: Matthew 5:42 – 48
GEN. 49/LUKE 3/JOB 15/ 1 COR.3