Devotional for Monday December 18th

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Living with no excuses”


Our Bible verse for today: “Remember this: the person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6 (HCSB)


Our thought for today: “God has taken away your excuses.”


In the previous message I cited the Apostle Paul’s teaching from Philippians 2:3-4 where he instructs us to be humble and to give due consideration to the interests of others rather than just to our own interests. I also pointed out that doing so runs contrary to our human nature. So if we are going to do what Paul instructs, we will need some divine help.


Well, true to form, God never tells us to do something without also making it possible for us to do it. One way in which He helps us to put the interests of others above our own is by developing the Fruit of the Spirit in our lives (as described by Paul in Galatians 5:22-23). There we learn that some of the virtues the Spirit develops in us include kindness, goodness, and faithfulness. That will certainly help.


But another way in which God helps us to be willing to help others is with the Biblical principle of sowing and reaping. In God’s kingdom you reap what you sow – you get what you give. That’s what Paul was teaching in 2 Corinthians 9:6. In this passage he was using money as an example and he was encouraging his readers to give generously to a charitable cause. In verse 6 he taught that if you are stingy, God and other people will be stingy with you. But if you are generous, God and other people will be generous with you. That’s consistent with what Solomon taught in Proverbs 22:9 when he wrote “A generous man will himself be blessed.” Paul’s lesson to his readers in 2 Corinthians 9:6 is “Right now someone else is in need and you are to bless them. The time will come when you will be in need and then others will bless you.” The law of sowing and reaping promises that will happen.


But sowing and reaping doesn’t just apply to issues of money, instead it applies across the spectrum of life. The Bible teaches that if you are mean to others, others will be mean to you. If you cheat people, people will cheat you. If you are a violent person, you will suffer violence. And on it goes. Sowing and reaping is a principle that applies in all situations in God’s kingdom.


So that brings us back to the question posed in the previous devotional “But what about me?” “If I’m focused on taking care of other people and minding their interests, who is going to take care of me?” The answer is that God will take care of you. He will implement the law of sowing and reaping and He will make sure that you are blessed in appropriate ways and at appropriate times.


Here’s a final thought to take with you today. It comes from Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” Matthew 6:33


So there you go. God has taken away your excuses.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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