Reaping the Benefits


"If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you?" - 1 Corinthians 9:11

"Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously." - 2 Corinthians 9:6

Grace saves us. And that same grace is our motivating force. Sometimes I am amazed at that little voice within me that urges me to reach out and touch another. God's Spirit reveals Christ, through me, to a dark, broken world. When I act upon what is revealed, I become the salt He wants to use to season and add flavor to a tasteless society empty of nutrients, and starving for love.

God is unbelievably awesome. He intricately lives with us each day and guides us in His righteousness for His sake. He weaves a tapestry of goodness of which Christians are a thread to add color and meaning.

God has it all figured out. He knows the plans He has for my life as I pick and choose where I go in any given day. He knows where I plan to walk and where I plan to stop and rest. As I make my schedule, He has "penciled in" divine appointments for me. He places various people He wants me and, me alone, to show compassion, empathy and encouragement to. I find that exciting!

When you think about today and what comes your way, I pray you have the discernment to see the ways the Spirit reveals God's will. It could be a very exciting day to let go of ourselves and simply be all He has created us to be. To love others as He loved us…first.

When others are mean, we can show kindness. When others are impatient, we can show patience. When others say discouraging things, we can encourage. When others are selfish, we can share what we have. When others ignore someone, we can notice them, smile, and say hello. When others reject us, insult us, betray us, we can accept, love and forgive. We may never know in our lifetime, how some small thing we do today will reap benefits for His kingdom, tomorrow.

Holy Spirit, make me into Your disciple. Guide me; illuminate me; sanctify me. Show me what is holy, and I will pursue it. Show me what is unholy, and I will turn from it. Direct me, and with Your grace I will obey. Lead me, then, into the fullness of Your Truth and Wisdom. I am thankful for You! Amen.
Oct 24 2017