Monthly Archives: July 2007

What does it take to please God?

God doesn’t ask for much. He just wants us to move into closer alignment with Him and His ways. Jesus said that we should SEEK the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things (food, clothing, houses, health, money, love, friendship) will be added to you.

The operative word is seek. Here is a list of words with meanings synonymous with seeking:

  • hunt
  • look
  • search
  • pursue
  • attempt
  • endeavor
  • strive
  • try

It is God’s desire that we, as His children, share in His Nature and Righteousness. I believe the parable of the talents told by Jesus in Matthew 25:14-30 illustrates what I am trying to convey here. I will paraphrase this parable.

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Amen: It IS more blessed to give than to receive.

35 In all things I gave you an example, that so laboring ye ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35 ASV

During my morning devotional, I am often floored by revelations the Spirit gives me about the real meaning of some cherished and oft-quoted Bible verses. Today, while reading from Acts, I came across verse 20:35 and the famous quote of Jesus, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Like many of you, I had often heard this verse given to encourage the congregation to more faithfully give tithes and offerings. And this verse is irresistible, because Jesus said it.

But this particular morning, as I was rereading the verse I was aware of the context of it. Paul was giving a recount of his service to God since his conversion. He preached and taught faithfully despite suffering and persecution everywhere he went. He ministered solely to serve God and His people: his reward was that he finished his course and that his conscious would be clear. What was his motivation? It was certainly not money because he worked to support himself and his ministry. Not only himself, he help the those who ministered with him. His desire was to be self supporting and able to help the poor and infirm (Galatians 2:10).

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