Monday, December 16, 2013

December 16, 2013 … God’s Law of Reciprocity

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2013 - Day 350

Devotional Song: Go to this link  – Please take your time to see a video of the powerful song, performed by Steve Green singing Find Us Faithful, a song which is often repeated for my meditations because of it’s proclamation of God’s law … when we’re faithful to sow His seeds, we will reap His harvest.

Highlight Passage #1a - NLT: 1st Peter 4: 10  
10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
Highlight Passage #1b - NKJV: 1st Peter 4: 10  
10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Highlight Passage #1c – The Message: 1st Peter 4: 10
10  Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it. 
Highlight Context - NLT: 1st Peter, Chapter 4 … GO TO THIS LINK … 

Reference Passage #1: 2nd Corinthians 9: 6-10 … [NLT] … GO TO THIS LINK

Reference Passage #2: Hosea 10: 11-15 … [NLT] GO TO THIS LINK

Reference Passage #3: Psalms 16 … [NLT] GO TO THIS LINK

Reference Passage #4: Matthew 7: 1-7 … [NLT] GO TO THIS LINK

My Journal for Today: Do you know how the law of gravity works? Do you trust that if you were to jump off a 20 story building, bad things would happen to you? Of course you trust that law! It’s God’s law of gravity. Isaac Newton may have figured it out and explained it; but it was God’s law of gravity long before scientists like Newton figured out how it works. And though we may not be physicists and be able to give the mathematical formula for the law of gravity, we know the law works as God intended it to work.

And the same is true with God’s law of reciprocity, more popularly known as God’s law of sowing and reaping; or maybe you’ve used the colorful phrase, “What goes around, comes around,” to explain what God’s word has spoken of and illustrated over and over and over again. Yet, when it comes to one of God’s inviolate and immutable truths, that law may be THE one law most transgressed by His weakened children.

God gave Adam and Eve all they would ever need; and told them to stay away from the big fruit tree; and what did they do? God gives His children His BIG TEN to help us understand how weak we are in following His law of reciprocity; and do we follow His commandments? Jesus, laid out how His followers were to carry out His heavenly laws in this world in His “sermon on the mount;” and do we, who call ourselves Christians, follow up by living as He commanded?

My friend, I’m not going to write a lot on what I was convicted of in studying the passages I laid out above. I certainly don’t need to expand and expound on what God has put forth as HIS LAW of sowing and reaping. It’s clear enough; isn’t it?

 No, for all of us, especially those of us who declare Jesus to be our Messiah and Lord, it’s still a matter of whether we’re going to live by God’s law of reciprocity; … that we’ll sow what Jesus sowed (see the photo attached); and we’ll reap the love He intends for all of us who love Him enough to sow His love for others to reap His harvest.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, sow in my Your seeds, which I’ll take and re-sow today in Your Name. … Amen

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