Practical Messages for Impractical Times
Give and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your life. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. Luke 6:38 NLT
The world was shocked by the recent death of Anthony Bourdain. Many of us longed for the satisfying lifestyle of travel, food, and meeting others. In fact, Psychologist Abraham Maslow had a theory, “Self-Actualization” which is defined as the culmination of fulfillment in one’s life.
Is it possible for us to have total fulfillment without living a godly life? According to biblical instruction, we are compared to branches which will wither if not connected to the vine-Jesus Christ. Our lives can never be actualized without a direct connection to the source. When we establish and maintain a relationship with God; we instinctively reach out to others.
Luke 6:38 tells us the benefits of giving. However, our reward is contingent on the amount of time or money that we are willing to give. The joy we receive from blessing others provides a reason to live. We are not philanthropists or benefactors; we are simply living and giving according to God’s standards.
How many ways can we help others? Cooking a meal; cleaning a home; filling a pantry with food; visiting those in the hospitals and nursing homes; praying in person; active participation in church ministries; volunteering at homeless shelters, hospice organizations; paying a utility bill; tutoring children with homework; donating clothing, shoes, etc. The options are endless.
Dear God, I want the joy that comes from serving you and others. I am ready to receive the blessed life that you have promised from giving. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz