Tagged: Bible Reading & Meditation

WHOLE-LIFE GENEROSITY

“He who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will reap bountifully.” —2 Corinthians 9:6 Our giving in response to God’s call involves so much more than being generous on the day of giving. We can write a generous check to a charity and never think about them before or after the gift. Alternatively, we can pray for discernment beforehand and pray for that charitable ministry afterward. This makes our gift even more fruitful. “In seedtime the sluggard plows not; when he looks for the harvest, it is not there” (Prv 20:4). The sluggard was not totally...

RICH PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY’RE POOR

“You are well acquainted with the favor shown by our Lord Jesus Christ: how for your sake He made Himself poor though He was rich, so that you might become rich by His poverty.” —2 Corinthians 8:9 What if a person was rich but didn’t know it? He may unnecessarily deprive himself, his family, or others of basic necessities. It is even possible for a rich man to starve to death, if he didn’t know he was rich. Do you know that “for your sake [Jesus] made Himself poor though He was rich, so that you might become rich by...

THE ONLY LIFE WORTH LIVING

“In all that we do we strive to present ourselves as ministers of God.” —2 Corinthians 6:4 I hope you have made the decision of a lifetime and have decided to live for Jesus and work for Him full-time. If you are a housewife, plumber, garbageman, teacher, elected official, etc., and are serving Jesus full-time, your life is truly worthwhile, challenging, and indescribably joyous. You live “with patient endurance amid trials, difficulties, distresses, beatings, imprisonments, and riots; as men familiar with hard work, sleepless nights, and fastings” (2 Cor 6:4-5). By the power of the Holy Spirit, you have “innocence,...

MORE OF GOD

“We are at peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” —Romans 5:1 Most people know there is a God. Some people even experience that God is present, loving, and/or personal. Others only sense God as a force. Those people who are aware of God as a person know they can reject God by sinning. They sometimes know when they’re not at peace with God. Then they feel a need to get right with God, to be justified (Rm 5:1). Few people experience much more of God than this, but there is much, much more of God. Jesus said to...

THE MARATHON OF LOVE

“The love of Christ impels us.” —2 Corinthians 5:14 The Lord tells us that the Christian life is like a race (see 2 Tm 4:7), indeed, like a marathon. There are many who do not cross the finish line. They are called “fallen away” or “backsliding” Christians. In fact, at the end of the world, unprecedented numbers of Christians will not cross the finish line. This is the great apostasy (2 Thes 2:3). Will you cross the finish line and live with the Lord forever? (see Phil 3:14) We cross the finish line not because we are strong or better...

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