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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, December 24, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
[Doing His work increases Christian unity.]
The Kingdom of God spreads through believers’ concern and eagerness to help others. Here we see several churches joining to help others beyond their own circle of friends and their own city. Explore ways that you might link up with a ministry outside your city, either through your church or through a Christian organization. By joining with other believers to do God’s work, you increase Christian unity and help the Kingdom grow. (NLT)
2 Corinthians 8:1-5 – Now I want to tell you, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done for the churches in Macedonia. Though they have been going through much trouble and hard times, their wonderful joy and deep poverty have overflowed in rich generosity. For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford but far more. And they did it of their own free will. They begged us again and again for the gracious privilege of sharing in the gift for the Christians in Jerusalem. Best of all, they went beyond our highest hopes, for their first actions was to dedicate themselves to the Lord and to us for whatever directions God might give them.
Quoted verse: Paul wrote, “[The Macedonian churches] urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.” — 2 Corinthians 8:4 (NIV)
“Story” – Nina Ward (Florida, USA) titled her story “TO BE A GIVER AGAIN;” here is a portion of Nina’s story:
“For months people had been giving to me while I struggled with cancer. But it was hard to be in a holiday mood when I had nothing to give others – no gifts, not even my time. I felt useless and angry. I was used to being a giver, not a taker.
“I decided to go see a holiday production, hoping to get me into the Christmas spirit. During intermission, I won a voucher for a Christian summer camp for teens. . . . As the usher handed me the voucher, I suddenly felt the need to turn around. Behind me sat a mom speaking to her teenaged daughter about the camp prize. ‘Don’t give up. Look how close you came to winning,’ the mom said pointing at me.
“‘Merry Christmas!’ I said, handing over the prize. Tears ran down both their faces, and the daughter thanked me repeatedly. It turns out that for years she had prayed to attend camp. I had also prayed to be a giver again. What a sign of God’s greatness and love! That night, I went home and put up some Christmas lights while the spirit of Christmas shone brightly within me.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – No matter my circumstances, God can always use me.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for answering prayer and providing us with opportunities to give to others. Amen.
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