Who Do You Trust?
Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.
2 Corinthians 1:9
This week guest writer, Jane Anne Wilson, shares her thoughts on the heart of a life-giver. She starts our week of devotions with this statement: The heart of a life-giver has God as the reference point for everything. The answers to all of our questions and needs begin and end with God. Our hearts may cheer for that idea, but then life happens.
Ahhh…life happens. Perhaps like me you made a commitment to intentionally seek out opportunities to be a life-giver rather than a life-taker. At first it seemed like such a wonderful idea but then you were faced with the reality of how life-giving often requires dying to self, and dying to self goes against our gut instincts. We desperately need to rely on the source of all life to enable us to die to self when necessary. Each difficult place reminds us that we cannot do this alone. We need the Lord.
In Today’s Treasure we hear the same theme. In Paul’s case, circumstances were so devastating that he and his friends believed they had been given a death sentence. Instead of giving up hope, they recognized God’s fingerprints in their circumstances. They remembered their only hope was to rely on God, trusting that no matter what happened, God would bring life from death.
Who do you trust? Yourself? Or are you finding that if you are to be a life-giver, you desperately need the power of the Lord, who raises the dead?
Treasured by Him,
To expand your understanding of what it means to be a life-giver vs. a life-taker, read Transformed: Life-Taker to Life-Giver by Karen Hodge and Susan Hunt, available online or in bookstores.
Read Philippians 2 with pen in hand. Ask the Lord to open your heart and eyes to where you need to humble yourself so that the love of Jesus can shine through your life.
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