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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