More blessed to give than to receive. I know Jesus says we’re free from the chains and constraints of money, time, performance, etc. When we give and give without any holding back, we are imaging what Christ did for us! He held back nothing from us, giving His own life on the cross. We only truly need to receive from Him, believing in His death, resurrection, and Lordship. Then, after that, we are called to give.
So when it says, we reap what we sow, or in that it says, “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully”, it’s not speaking in terms of earthly benefits. I look at those verses and think, look at all I am giving to others and where is my return? But God can’t promise us that humans will give back if we give to them. Humans are imperfect and oftentimes, the more you give to them, the more they will take. But, if we sow bountifully, freely, as though nothing we own, owns us, we will reap so many eternal rewards, whether that means the fruits of the Spirit, a closer walk with God, or seeing many saved, the Lord promises you will reap bountifully.
Exodus 34:35 Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the LORD.
This verse makes me think: sometimes we veil ourselves from others, we put a mask on and hide. I know the Lord would have us be vulnerable with others and sincere, but I think we are only to be truly unveiled with Him.
The raw parts of ourselves would scare others. That’s the truth! We are human and no matter how hard we try, we will never love someone like God does.
I take comfort in the thought that I can be completely unveiled with God, holding nothing back. And yes, I put the veil up to go out into the world, but it’s the veil of Christ, His protection, His identity, and His spirit.
A dog’s purpose honestly reminded me of how I am meant to live for Christ. Despite the reincarnation theme, life seemed so short in this film. Bailey, the dog, sometimes lived long and sometimes short, but in a way, it all seemed to happen in a blink of an eye. Yet Bailey impacted lives, saving others, bringing joy, changing lives.
As silly as it sounds, the last line of the movie, the dog’s purpose, “be here now”, really resonates with me.
You may get in an accident, lose a loved one, be single for the rest of your life, but we only have this one life. Bailey saw how useless it was to be sad, to regret in his human owners.
Us Christians can take note. Whatever life throws us, we must keep the joy of Christ in our hearts. Whatever we don’t do, we can’t regret. We must live in the present because all our real treasures are in heaven. We may impact this world, but our true hope is beyond it.
I know SO many people who struggle to rest. They can’t seem to find the time for a Sabbath, not even 10 minutes each day reading God’s word.
I tell these people that if they prioritize God first, He will work their busy schedule out for them. Something similar happens in Exodus 6:23-24
God wants the Israelites to observe a Sabbath so He directs them to gather extra food. He doesn’t want them to gather food on the Sabbath, but He doesn’t want them to grow hungry either.
To me that says, firstly, that God wants us to take a Sabbath, it’s important to Him and part of His plan for us.
Secondly, He will provide for us what we need when we rest.
We may worry things will not get done, we will lose sleep, our work will suffer, etc. God’s SO much bigger than all of that. He knows what you have to do, your responsibilities, but He’s telling you to rest and that He’ll take care of it all.