11th July 2018

Be Still and Know - 'Whenever We Have The Opportunity, We Should Do Good To Everyone'

(from www.premierchristianradio.com)

 

Welcome to our daily devotional. We hope you will be blessed by Dr Micha Jazz's inspiring thoughts.

 

Galatians 6:10 NLT

 

'Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone –especially to those in the family of faith.'

 

One family tradition we have is to watch the movie The Muppet Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve. It’s fun, nostalgic and now an essential part of our Christmas together. It also carries the message of Christmas. How we perceive the world and our place in it will determine our actions. As Scrooge discovers, perhaps to his surprise, he is capable of reframing his world and to move from selfishness to generosity.

It seems society has taken a course that promotes self-centredness above generosity. God’s way is to seek the good of all in every circumstance. As you make your long-term plans for Christmas, you will wrestle with two challenges. The first is the challenge of self-centeredness and the second is the challenge of generosity.

Since Christmas is a season of goodwill, it offers the perfect time to plan how we might live for others ahead of ourselves through this season. In planning, we’ll face all the objections our selfish self will raise as highly logical and appropriate reasons why we cannot afford to be generous. I find it a revelation, especially as I gaze back and can consider that I am here today by God’s grace. God hasn’t failed me yet, even though the going has proved tough physically and psychologically.

This thought process will free you up to frame Christmas in ways that reflect a generosity of spirit to others and your church community. You can plan to decide the best way to express the heart of Christmas. It will act as a defence against being driven by the forces that are unleashed from Black Friday onwards. Like Scrooge, you will make decisions born of your choice ahead of selfish instinct.

 

QUESTION: How can you reshape your Christmas around practising generosity and doing good?

 

PRAYER: Generous Father, help me to see ways of living for others and growing in generosity so Christmas becomes more about you and less about me.


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