The Heart of a Life-Giver, Part 2
Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son does not have life.
1 John 5:12
Go back to the very beginning of mankind and take a closer look at Eve, whose name means life-giver. What intrigues me is that God gave the first woman the name “Eve” AFTER the Fall, after she sinned. We might find it easy to believe that God expected Eve to be a life-giver in the Garden of Eden. That place was perfect! Yet even in the timing of God naming Eve, we find grace and hope. She was given that calling after God kicked Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden. What an incredible picture of hope for us today! God named Eve “life-giver” with full expectations that she would find a way to be a life-giver in a sinful, broken world. We, too, have the capacity to be life-givers in whatever part of this messed up, sinful world we are living in.
Just for today, think about this powerful picture of a sinful woman being transformed from a life-taker into a life-giver. If you know Jesus, you are that woman. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. When we recognize our need for Jesus, repent of our sins, surrender to His love, He “comes in to our hearts” and we can know that “whoever has the Son, has life.”
But notice the flip side, “whoever does not have the Son, does not have life.” So I ask, do you have the Son? Do you know Jesus? Or perhaps you have grown stale in your intimacy with Jesus. I have great news for you! You can know Jesus today and you can renew your love for Him today. Our team is praying for you to fall more and more in love with the ultimate Life-Giver as you intentionally look for ways to offer life-giving encouragement to others.
Review the story from Monday of the woman who missed a life-giving opportunity with her wayward daughter. How could she have used that moment as a life-giver? Perhaps she could have responded, “Oh yes! What is your favorite memory of going there? Who do you remember as the best leader? The worst? What activities did you absolutely hate?” As we interact with people whose life choices don’t reflect a relationship to Jesus, let’s remember that our task is to look for ways to help turn hearts toward Jesus. It’s God’s job to change hearts. That’s freeing!
STORE UP MORE TREASURES
At some point in our lives, we or someone we know will go through great suffering. I encourage you to go the the MARKINC website and listen to the Down Syndrome audio resource so that you can store up treasures of encouragement for the next rainy day in your life or someone else's. Here is a summary and teaser of this resource:
Within hours after Victoria’s birth, Karen and her husband learned that their third daughter had Down Syndrome. Though initially frightened by this news, Karen and her family’s love for Victoria grew deeper as they recognized the awesome privilege of raising such a precious daughter. This story will encourage parents of children with Down Syndrome to realize the unique joys that can be theirs as they raise their children. But there is more to this story. Victoria was diagnosed with a life threatening cancer that resulted in the amputation of her leg. In this interview, you will hear about the courage and determination of a young teen to take back her life and her family’s determination to continue to fill Victoria’s life with experiences and opportunities to grow and learn, no matter what her physical condition. Listeners will also learn how to come alongside of families like Victoria’s, not just to help, but to soak up some of the joy and love that naturally flows from children with Down Syndrome.
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