“Generous in Faith”
“You are generous because of your faith. And I am praying that you will really put your generosity to work, for in so doing you will come to an understanding of all the good things we can do for Christ. I myself have gained much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because your kindness has so often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.” (Philemon 1:6-7 NLT)
“You are generous because of your faith. And I am praying that you will really put your generosity to work.” Amen! I thank God that by our Faith, we can have abundance! Jesus spoke that with a mustard seed of Faith, you can move mountains! And the Best Part of this all is that our Faith is measured by our Belief. If we believe that God spoken Word will not come back Void, then what could stop us from receiving everything that we prayed for? We have access to the greatest power source ever and God says all we have to do is Have Faith. But with this Faith, we are not blessing ourselves, but others. “And I am praying that you will really put your generosity to work.” Most people when they think of using their Faith, they believe that it is supposed to be used for themselves. But as Paul is writing here, we are called to put it work on others, “for in so doing you will come to an understanding of all the good things we can do for Christ.” By being generous in our Faith with others, we are drawing near to the understanding of Christ! Blessed is the person who whose does the will of the Father! By sharing our Faith, we are taking on the position of our Father in Heaven.
To further understand this, Paul writes, “I myself have gained much joy and comfort from your love.” But isn’t that true? I know when I started doing these daily devotional, my intention was on Faith I would follow what the Lord put on my heart. But after awhile, I started receiving emails from many people who were truly blessed by the daily scriptures and for many; it was the only word they would receive that day. Beloved, we must understand that in these times that encouragement to the body of Christ is crucial. You never really know whose lives will be changed by just sharing the Word of the Lord. Just like Paul stated, I receive much Joy and Comfort from the Love of my Brothers and Sisters in Christ who are touched by the Word of the Lord. “Your kindness has so often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.” If today, I can help to refresh the Heart of one person in the Body of Christ, then my Generosity of Faith has no gone unrewarded. We are all in this Fight of Faith together. Open your heart to and share the word of the Lord to someone who needs it, because when you are generous to other, you as a Disciple draws closer to Christ.