“And serve each other according to the gift each person has received,
as good managers of God’s diverse gifts.”
1 Peter 4: 10 CEB
Just think what a difference we could make in our community, our state, our nation…or throughout the world..if we ALL gave just a little bit of time, money, or talent for serving others? A few dollars out of your pocket, a few cans of food out of your pantry, or a few minutes out of your day, may not mean much to you, but to others it can mean everything.
So take a moment and think about the blessings in your life, and consider what one thing you can do today to serve others. If we all did our part, the result would be like the ever-expanding ripple effect from dropping a small pebble into a body of water. The sphere of influence of our combined actions could increase incrementally and spread throughout the world. The little things do matter!
“Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything.” 1 Peter 4:10 (MSG)
- “We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
- ” Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” Hebrews 10:24
- “Whoever speaks should do so as those who speak God’s word. Whoever serves should do so from the strength that God furnishes. Do this so that in everything God may be honored through Jesus Christ. To him be honor and power forever and always. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11 (CEB)
- Realize that the purpose of money is to strengthen friendships, to provide opportunities for being generous and kind. Eventually money will be useless to you—but if you use it generously to serve others, you will be welcomed joyfully into your eternal destination. Luke 16:9 (VOICE)
- “In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets—some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage. Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing.” 2 Timothy 2: 20 – 21 (MSG)
And God is able to
Bless you abundantly,
So that in all things
At all times,
Having all that you need,
You will abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8
God is more than able to pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything He calls you to do in life. Never think that He will not equip you to accomplish a task He desires for you to do. In fact, with God’s blessings you will be more than ready to do what needs to be done. Not only does this most generous God give seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals, but also He provides all that you need to abound in all your work for His kingdom.
Don’t ever let a “lack of resources” hold you back from stepping forward in faith to accomplish a great calling from God. His rich storehouse is brimming with blessings that He desires to pour out upon His children in order to fulfill His divine purposes. Trust in God to be your blessing provider!
“Let them give thanks to the LORD
for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for men.”
Psalm 107:15 (NIV1984)
Today we gather with family and friends and pause as a nation to “give thanks.” Take time today to truly focus on all the blessings in your life and remember to thank the One from whom all your blessings flow.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD…
Psalm 33:12a (NIV1984)
As we celebrate America’s Independence Day, let’s take a moment to think about on whom are we depending as a nation? Our Founding Fathers believed in creating “one nation under God.” Is God the LORD of our nation, or have we refocused our dependence upon our own strength and might?
“‘This is what the great king, the king … says: On what are you basing this confidence of yours?
You say you have strategy and military strength—but you speak only empty words. On whom are you depending, that you rebel against me?” Isaiah 36:4-5 (NIV 1984)
On each note of our currency, you’ll see the words printed, “In God We Trust.” Have those become “empty words?” One of the biggest problems we are facing as a nation today is the stability of our economy. Perhaps if we each took a moment to embrace those four simple words in our own lives, we could begin to reverse the national trend of trusting in something other than God. Likewise, if each one of us whispered a prayer for our country every time we open our wallets and pull out a dollar bill to spend, we could make a difference for the future of our beloved homeland. Let the words “In God We Trust,” be a reminder to place your own trust in God and also to pray for our nation. God can heal our nation’s problems. He will hear our prayers.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV1984)
“May God Bless the U.S.A.!”