Devotion for December 6, 2021

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, 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 doesn’t just love; He lavishes us with love (see 1 John 3:1). He doesn’t dole out wisdom; He “gives generously to all without finding fault” (James 1:5). The Prodigal Son got the fattest calf, the guests at the wedding in Cana got the best wine, and Peter caught so many fish that his boat started to sink. Paul tells us God “supplies seed to the sower” (2 Corinthians 9:10), and the Greek word for “supplies” comes from two roots. The first means “to dance”, and the second means “to lead”. It literally means “to lead a dance”. So when God gives to you, He dances for joy. He strikes up the band and leads the giving parade. He loves to give!

One day Peter said to Jesus, “We have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?” (Matthew 19:27). Seems like a good opportunity for Jesus to chastise Peter’s “what’s in it for me?” mentality. But He didn’t. Instead, He assured Peter that we shall receive a hundredfold in this life and inherit eternal life too (see Matthew 19:29).

Jesus promises a gain of 10,000 per cent! If someone gave you ten thousand dollars today for every hundred dollars you gave them yesterday, you might call that person “God-generous”. God dispenses His goodness not with an eyedropper, but with a fire hydrant; not with a coffee cup, but with the Mediterranean Sea. You simply can’t contain it. So let it bubble over. Spill out. Pour forth. “Freely you have received; freely give” (Matthew 10:8).

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for Your generous love that You pour out in so many ways to be freely given to others in desperate need of You! In Jesus name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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