Thursday, November 26th
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the "harvest" of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in "thanksgiving" to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of "thanks" to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. "Thanks" be to God for his indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:10-15 (NIV)
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
The Divine expectation for us as followers of Christ is for us to have God's mission for the world as our central purpose in life. Fulfilling this expectation necessitates our overcoming self absorption and developing an outward orientation to the world around us and the people in it. The chief factor in all this is having the proper relationship with the material wealth with which God supplies us. Our passage for today has a "Thanksgiving" thread running through it. Could it be that the core issue in all of this is whether or not we have a "grateful" heart? Grateful people know that material wealth is ultimately a matter of God supplying it. Grateful people know that material wealth does not really belong to them. Grateful people know that they are blessed by the material wealth that God supplies so they can be used by God to bless others with their material wealth.
If the fulfillment of the Divine expectation we have been talking about is something that eludes you, it is because of a gratitude problem. God's Word tells us that we should give thanks in everything. On this Thanksgiving Day, think through the ingredients of your life (good and not so good), and come before God with expressions of thanks for each and everyone of them. Coming before God in this way with complete openness and honesty could very well become the moment that secures for you a life that is truly lived for the purpose of God's mission for the world.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
This would be an appropriate day to write your own prayer response to God
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Posted on Thu, November 26, 2015
by Alan Porter