Topic: Get Big Enough To Help Others [Saturday, June 10th]
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8).*_
This is the Lord’s desire for you. Whatever the need, irrespective of the circumstances, He wants you to be self-sufficient, so much so that you require no aid or support. But you see, He wants you to get big enough for others. The reason for being self-sufficient in all things is for you to abound in good works. That immediately brings something to mind: you really don’t live for yourself, but for other people.
Galatians 6:10 says, “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Abraham, David and all the great men and women in the Bible didn’t live for themselves. You may have told yourself, “I don’t have money with which to help others,” but that’s why God is able to make all grace abound toward you. If you’re a student, for example, how many of your colleagues do you help with what you know, or do you hide your books and play dumb when they come around you?
You must be able to share what you have. You have a much bigger, and wider family than your biological household; you belong in the household of faith. So, don’t say, “I only want enough for me and my immediate family”; that’s not good enough. Make up your mind to be a blessing to others. If you bless people, you’ll always be lifted. This is because your promotion is in promoting others. You’re a greater success as you help others to succeed.
God will make happen for you what you make happen for others. So keep giving, and keep helping those around you to stand strong. As you grow in Christ, God expects you to learn how to look away from yourself and become concerned about the needs of others. When you get concerned about helping others, God will take care of your own desires.
There are many people in distress for example, whose healing will be perfected and their needs met, if only they’d, for a moment, look away from their own pains and needs and pray for others. Become sensitive to the needs of those around you to be a blessing. When you live this way, you’re functioning as your heavenly Father; miracles will happen in your life without your having to ask.
Dear Father, thank you for making me a custodian of Kingdom wealth; I’m the light of the world, and by your Spirit, I touch lives, mend broken hearts, bring healing to the nations, and prosperity to those in need, all to the praise and glory of your Name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY: || 2 Corinthians 9:9-10 AMP As it is written, He [the benevolent person] scatters abroad; He gives to the poor; His deeds of justice and goodness and kindness and benevolence will go on and endure forever! 10 And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity]. ||
|| Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. ||
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Acts 2:1-21,
2 Chronicles 5-7
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Mark 16:12-20,