Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, May, 2013

posted May 2, 2013, 7:06 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated May 2, 2013, 7:06 AM ]

Live to Give

            I knelt to pray when day was done, and prayed: "O, Lord, bless everyone;  Lift from each saddened heart the pain and let the sick be well again."  And then I awoke another day and carelessly went on my way. The whole day long I did not try to wipe a tear from any eye; I did not try to share the load of any brother on the road; I did not even go to see the sick man just next door to me. Yet once again when day was done, I prayed: "O, Lord, bless everyone." But as I prayed, into my ear there came a voice that whispered clear, "Pause now, my son before you pray; whom have you tried to bless today? "God’s sweetest blessings always go by hands that serve him here below." And then I hid my face and cried, "Forgive me, God, for I have not tried; But let me but live another day, and I will live the way I pray."

            An unknown author penned those sentiments a long time ago, but certainly the message is timeless. Jesus taught that true happiness comes, not by concentrating on what you might acquire for yourself or obtain from others, but rather in serving the needs and well-being of the less fortunate.

 Too often we see in contemporary life those who are so pre-occupied with themselves and their personal well-being that they forget about the welfare of others. Regrettably, too many have adopted the attitude or philosophy that when my needs get met, then I’ll concern myself with the needs of others. When I become happy and content, then I’ll think about ways to bring happiness and good cheer to others in the world.

 Anyone with such an attitude is tragically misdirected. Paul reminded the church members in Ephesus (Acts 20:35) that "It is our duty to help the weak ... and that we should keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, who himself said, ‘Happiness lies more in giving than receiving.’" Jesus is saying that true satisfaction comes, not when you concentrate on what you might acquire for yourself or obtain from others, but when you strive to meet the needs and well-being of the needy neighbor.

 As Christians, we are ’Givers’ because it is the right thing to do and we want to imitate our Master, Who "went about doing good."We also are ’Givers’ because we wish to glorify the Lord God. Jesus taught, in Matthew 5:16 (REB), "Like the lamp, you must shed light among your fellows, so that, when they see the good you do, they may give praise to your Father in Heaven." Again, in John 15:8, "By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples." Live to give!

 

        George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries

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