Devotional: ‘The Spiritual Side of Being Practical’

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The Bible teaches us that there is a practical side of being spiritual and a spiritual side of being practical. Though fixing someone’s car or taking them a meal might not seem as important as teaching a lesson or singing a song, the Bible says that it is the demonstration of God’s grace working in and through us.  Consider Paul’s teaching about Spiritual Gifts.

Romans 12:7 If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching.  8 If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. 9 Don’t just pretend that you love others. Really love them. NLT

Because God’s grace is the source of our ministry, God will reward those who strive to use His grace to its greatest advantage. Consider Paul’s words to the Corinthians on this matter-

2 Corinthians 9: 6 Remember this — a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each make up your own mind as to how much you should give. Don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves the person who gives cheerfully. 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say, “Godly people give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will never be forgotten.” 10 For God is the one who gives seed to the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will give you many opportunities to do good, and he will produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 11 Yes, you will be enriched so that you can give even more generously… NLT 

There are many ways God will reward those who faithfully use His grace.

The Reward of Prosperity –

“He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”  (vs. 6 KJV)

The Reward of Productivity –

“He will give you many opportunities to do good, and he will produce a great harvest of generosity in you.” (vs. 10 NLT)

The Reward of Praise –

2 Corinthians 9:And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will break out in thanksgiving to God. 12 So two good things will happen — the needs of the Christians in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanksgiving to God. 13 You will be glorifying God through your generous gifts. For your generosity to them will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the wonderful grace of God shown through you. 15 Thank God for his Son — a gift too wonderful for words! NLT 

Many years ago a Bible teacher taught Tammy and me that the best way to give is to give anonymously. Anonymous giving does two things:

– It allows God to be praised by the one who receives the gift.

– It allows God to reward the one who gave.

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