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DEVOTION TO GOD

August 19, 2014

Tuesday

 

Acts 20:35

 

I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

 

LESSON

 

Paul was reminding these elders of his example that they were to follow: as they led the church like he had led them. They were to serve without concern for present material reward. Paul’s policy was not to ask others to support him, but to labor at his trade: when he, or his fellow workers, or his converts, needed financial support. He did not hesitate to raise money for others, but would not ask for money for himself. Paul emphasized motives and examples. He wanted to give rather than receive, and to model that attitude, so his converts could see how to demonstrate it in everyday life.

While you may get tired at your job, or even be tired of your job, the Bible teaches that work has intrinsic value of your work. We desire to be generous, but it remains a challenge. If we are not as generous as we would like, or better yet, as God would like us to be, then commit today to take just take a small step toward that. Commit to using your time and talents to serve the Lord and others.

 

Memory verse: Romans 12:1

 

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