Filled, overflowing – do you ever feel ‘filled up’ – the satisfying kind?
Like when the skies are blue, no one is in crisis, and you sigh contentedly? That’s my moment right now. We all know in this world that ‘feeling’ can change in the blink of an eye.
But will we embrace those moments no matter how fleeting? Lifting eyes to God to thank Him. Letting smiles lead the way, for now. Knowing that someday it will always be like that. Making note of all that is good, and choosing to, ever so briefly, push back the bad. To glimpse our forever in the presence of Jesus.
This is not just for us, this is to be passed on.
“Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” (Romans 12:13 NIV) Maybe our Lord had more in mind as he prompted Paul to share those words. We may take ‘need’ to mean food, clothing, money. But what is our real need?
To know Him more and more. “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,” (Colossians 1:10 NIV)
To trust Him more and more. “…being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,” (Colossians 1:11 NIV)
To live for Him more and more. “…and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.” (Colossians 1:12 NIV)
To let our joy show on the outside can speak volumes to a longing soul. Rejoicing in the knowledge that when all is not smiles, it will be someday. Passing this knowledge on can fill the need of a deep hurt.
Paul, who wrote most of the New Testament, started almost every letter with some form of “grace and peace to you” – this in the midst of persecution from those who once embraced him, in the midst of a physical ailment, in midst of being in jail, and many other trials. He passed on what was most important: “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” (1Corinthians 15:3b-4 NIV)
Pass it on…
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Thank you for your words today. They’re echoing what God put in my head yesterday (to rejoice despite the negative), and again today because I had forgotten. I’m on a deadline and there have been major time-robbers. More little frustrations popped up and I heard myself complaining. I’m choosing joy again so I can pass it on. (Found you through Purposeful Faith’s linkup.)
Kelly, thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. It is balm to my soul to know my attempt to share God’s love reached you. Nothing is by accident is it? He wanted you to know today, this moment, that He is in the details with you and He loves you even when you feel you’re not going to make the deadline – or will, but not the way you wanted. Rejoicing with you today in our good, good Father…
Great post, Paris. Glad I stopped by today. Have a beautiful week, friend. xxx
Thank you, Carolina, blessings on a great week as you pass it on…
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Sharing with God’s people what they really neat spoke to me. What they really need is the Gospel. Usually, this verse makes me think of physical types of needs. Thank you for broadening my perspective on this verse!
Hello, girlfriend. Yes, it reminds me of when satan was tempting Jesus and He told the devil – Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. Amen! So I want to give people what they really need, sometimes that is in ‘things’ or ‘service’ but sometimes it’s just being bold. May we be so bold with His help!
Thank you so much for sharing. We do truly need to pass on our faith and hope in The Lord. Thank you for your encouraging post. Visiting you from the cheerleaders of faith linkup.
Thank you for stopping by. Yes, that hope we have is such an amazing gift. Makes each day His day and gives us the freedom to know Him and make Him known. So glad you visited and thank you for your kind words. Blessings as you pass it on…
“This is not just for us, this is to be passed on.” Amen, sister. Thanks for the reminder to pass it on. 🙂 ((grace upon grace))