February 27th – Blessed to Be a Blessing

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A tree planted by a stream gives much fruit. Even in drought, it fears not, and bears much. The fruit is abundant because its needs are forever met. It bears so much that it casts some of its harvest without thought, for there is plenty. With you also, I give all, that your fruit would not only feed your own, but also others. The work of your hand gives back to you, only as I have given first. You have been blessed in your work, that others too would be nourished by your fruit. What do you fear in generosity – that the stream would dry and the sun hold back its light? Trust in Me that My provision is plenty, abundant for you and those also you are here to bless. Reach out to those who have less, not of their own sin, but as opportunity for you to reach with My hands, with provision in excess of what you need. My hand gives to you as you work with strength and talent, also a gift. Give, and it will be given back, pressed down and overflowing. My stream will not run dry, and the greatness of your giving will reflect the glory to others of My provision, both for you and them. Fear not the giving.

Acts 20:35 (ESV) – In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Bottom Line:  It’s easy to overlook the fact that we do have enough, and there are others close-by that we could bless with our excess, even if that excess may seem small. The work He has blessed us with produces both for us and them. We will not run out. We need to trust God in this, that His Word would work fully through us.

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