I subscribe to Greg Laurie’s daily Harvest Devotional. The one below was especially meaningful to me and something you could use with your ministry team sometime as a devotional thought:
An Outlet for Your Inlet
â€œGive, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.â€
A lot of Christians today who have known the Lord for many years are facing spiritual stagnation. They are saying, â€œI have been a Christian for so long. I know the Bible so well. I go to church every week. What is wrong?â€
I can tell you what is wrong. They need an outlet for their inlet. If you donâ€™t have an outlet for what you are taking in, then you will stagnate. The truth of Godâ€™s Word was not designed to be hoarded, but to be shared. And the more you give out, the more God gives to you.
Jesus said, â€œGive, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to youâ€ (Luke 6:38). Proverbs 11:25 says, â€œThe generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.â€ The Bible is saying that if you want a soul that is full, if you want a life that is rich, then give out.
Itâ€™s a radical thought. And it flies in the face of what we hear today, especially in our touchy-feely, narcissistic culture in which we are all trying to help our wounded inner child and build our self-esteem.
Jesus was saying, â€œWant to find life? Then lose it. Deny yourself.â€ This means we stop focusing on ourselves and start thinking about other people and their needs. Then we will find what we have been looking for all along â€”not by searching for it, but as the byproduct of a life that is properly aligned with God.
* For more relevant and Biblical teaching from Pastor Greg Laurie, go to www.harvest.org.
Last night was pure sweetness – to have two of my favorite shows on back to back (Prison Break and 24). Wow. What a line up!