Devotional for Thursday October 26th

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “A prosperous life”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” Proverbs 3:27 (NIV)

 

Our thought for today: “God has given you the power to bless others.”

 

Yesterday I explained that as a way of moving us to bless others, God hard-wired us to feel good about it. The release of endorphins in the brain that gives us a feeling of happiness and satisfaction is God’s way of instantly rewarding us for doing something nice for someone else.

 

In today’s Bible verse we learn that not only does God reward us for doing good deeds, but He also empowers us for it. You have the power to bless others, and doing so can take a thousand different forms. It could be as big as donating large sums of money to a worthy cause, or it could be as small as smiling at someone and offering them a word of encouragement. It could be risking your life to protect someone else, or it could be simply spending ten minutes listening as a friend tells you of her struggles coping with the recent loss of a spouse. In a thousand different ways you have the power to do good for others.

 

In Proverbs 3:27 God tells us that we are not to withhold good from those to whom it is due. That almost sounds as if there are people who are entitled to receive blessings from us. Did you read it that way? Well good. That is how God meant it. Others are entitled to be blessed by us. I encourage you to stop here for a moment, open your Bible, and read Matthew 25:31-40. In that passage Jesus makes it clear that those in need are essentially surrogates for God. They are stand-ins for Him to receive our acts of blessings and good works. “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.” When you do it for them you have in fact done it for Him.

 

Now revisit that thought about whether or not people are “entitled” to receive blessings from you only substitute “God” for “those”. Is “God” entitled to receive those acts of blessing from you? If so – if God is entitled, then by extension they are entitled. God has designated “them” or “those” to be His surrogates to receive the blessing on His behalf. And the one who is entitled to receive that blessing is whoever the Lord has put in front of you at this time who might need to be blessed in some way.

 

The best life you will ever have, the happiest life, the life that is prosperous in all the right ways, will be the life that is lived with a servant heart and a willingness to bless others. Do not withhold blessings from those to whom they are due.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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