Posted by: bshelley | January 27, 2009

Do not neglect sharing

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Today’s Verse: Hebrews 13:16 And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. NASB

We are facing some really difficult times today. From all the news forecasts, it is not going to get better very soon. Regardless of what the cause was or who was/is at fault, we have a critical role to play as the church. Now more than ever we need to open up our hearts, pantries and wallets to offer help to those in need. Food Banks desperately need food donations and volunteers to meet the tidal wave of needs. So many who were living on the edge already are now facing unemployment, loss of homes and find themselves in need of a helping hand. We are called as the church to meet those needs. The wording here is important. The writer of Hebrews just finished a discourse on why the blood sacrifices of the Old Covenant were no longer acceptable to God (Heb 10:8). What He desires and is pleased by is our reaching out to the world around us with a level of help that is considered even sacrificial. He sees our caring and giving as a fragrant aroma, a pleasing sacrifice. Our worldly instinct in such times is to circle the wagons, pull our scarce resources in close and exercise more care in our spending and, unfortunately, our giving. God will not forsake us or leave us in need. The reverse is true. The more we bless others with the blessings God entrusts to our stewardship, the more He will bless us with because we are faithful to share. Let us “not neglect doing good and sharing”.

May God bless your heart as you seek His.

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Responses

  1. What a wonderful and relevant post! This is a time to reach out and give of ourselves and means to eachother.

  2. Thank you for this timely exhortation. Here is a passage to go along with everything you stated:

    2Co 8:2 Although they were going through hard times and were very poor, they were glad to give generously.
    2Co 8:3 They gave as much as they could afford and even more, simply because they wanted to.

    God bless,
    Terry Michaels
    http://www.strategicbookpublishing.com/ThatIMayKnowYou.html


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