Sunday, February 12, 2017

February 12, 2017 ... Giving Back

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 43 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of song and lyrics from Brian Littrell sining a contemporary arrangement of the old hymn … I Surrender All … poignantly declaring what should be the desire of all in Christ … to surrender our all to Him in return for Him surrendering His all for us.

Highlight Verse[s]: Luke 8:1-3 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… Jesus’ closest followers were His 12 and a few women who were giving their all to follow Him. 
Highlight Passage [context]: Luke 8:1-8 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… Jesus tells His closest disciples about what it takes to be in surrender to Him.

Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … Luke 9:23 [NLT] … 
23 Then He said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be My follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow Me. …” 
… Jesus on what it takes to be His disciple.

Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … 2nd Corinthians 8:7, 9:6-7 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… Paul teaches Christians about giving back to our Lord what He has given to us … EVERYTHING!!

Reference Passage #3 [NKJV] : … Ephesians 4:1 [NLT] … 
1 Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. 
 … What should we be giving back to Jesus to be His worthy disciples?

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Anne Cetas, taught on what it takes to truly be a DISCIPLE of Christ. The ODB author wrote: Jesus and His disciples needed financial support as they traveled from one town and village to another, telling the good news of His kingdom (Luke 8:1–3). A group of women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases helped to support them “out of their own means” (v. 3). One was Mary Magdalene, who had been freed from the presence of seven demons. Another was Joanna, the wife of an official in Herod’s court. Nothing is known about Susanna and “many others” (v. 3), but we know that Jesus had met their spiritual needs. Now they were helping Him and His disciples through giving their financial resources. 

My friends, how much did Jesus give so that we might have eternal life? … His ALL, right?! … And so, what should we be willing to give Him back in service to our Lord? If any of us took in today’s photo, the song, and the Scriptures above and we can’t figure out the answer to that last question, I’m afraid there’s not much hope for us in God’s eternal kingdom.

And in that regard the ODB author today closed by challenging her readers with this exhortation … How might you be a part of getting the good news of salvation to people in your neighborhood and around the world? Tell someone the story of what Jesus has done for you. Write a note of encouragement to someone. Share a gift with a missionary. … [Maybe] Pray? 
 … Jesus gave His all; He deserves our all. 

My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … Lord, You deserve so much more from me! … Amen

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