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“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17

This time of year, there are lots of opportunities to show mercy and do good deeds for others.  Food banks, children’s organizations, churches, etc. are looking for donations to provide Christmas gifts and food for the less fortunate in our areas.  Number five on our list is very appropriate.

MERCY AND GOOD DEEDS

It is not a question of asking God for wisdom as to whether we should get involved in these things, it is asking Him for wisdom as to what organizations to support.  A few years ago, our Senior’s group in our church decided we needed to reach out in some way to others in our community, so we organized a food drive and were able to donate boxes of food to two Refugee families.  I am sure it was a blessing, but we realized that other groups in the Community were doing this every year and were much more equipped to do it.  So, I believe that is was wisdom from the Lord, that gave us a better idea.

We now each have a small jar that sits on our tables, with a label on it, reading “Senior’s Generosity Fund.”  Loonies, toonies and other loose change fills these bottles which are brought to the church in November.  Last year we gave cheques to two local charities so that they could make Christmas for people they knew in need.  This year, our response has been even greater, and we expect to reach out to two or three organizations again.

God has been so merciful to us, and we just want to give back to others.  His wisdom shows us that is His will.

Tomorrow we will look at Impartiality.

Prayer:  Thank you Jesus, for all the wonderful blessings you have bestowed on us.  Help us to give back to others as you give us wisdom and direction.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

I listened to my friend speak these words of faith, “Giving to God is a no-risk zone. We may think we are giving so much that it feels like a risk, but it never is.” I agreed heartily, and thought, “Yes, amen!” That day I didn’t have any worries. With a bit of humor, God chose to test my faith the very next day. I found myself holding an expensive and unexpected bill, and suddenly I wanted to remind God of all my good deeds. Surely He could have prevented this from happening. Hadn’t He noticed all the money I had given away lately? Couldn’t He have changed this for me?

I remembered the words, “Giving to God is a no-risk zone,” and gritted my teeth. I said out loud, “Hey God, you have a problem.” That was not the most reverent prayer I’ve ever prayed, but He knew what I meant. I wasn’t going to worry about it. He could work it out. I paid the bill, and tried to forget about it. About a week later my finances changed again unexpectedly, and this time it was in my favor. My problem was no longer a problem, and I felt properly humbled. God did not have to do that. It was not an emergency by any stretch.

He was reminding me that being His child means He is taking care of me, my finances, and everything else I care about.

I don’t ever need to remind Him of anything. Giving to God is truly a no-risk zone!

Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.  (Malachi 3:10, ESV)

Devotion by Kristi Moore

Anne Dec 2015 5“There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?” John 6:9

In the hands of Jesus a small boy’s lunch fed 5000 people, and they ended up with twelve baskets of leftovers. What a story the young lad must have had to tell when he returned home that day.

Jesus blesses small things. We may think our small donation to the Missionary Fund each month doesn’t accomplish much. But the Lord multiplies it over and over. Did you ever stop to think that every soul that is reached on the mission field is a result of your (and many others) faithful giving? We may never meet those people, but God blesses us for our part in their salvation.

What about our commitments to our local church week after week, month after month? We are making an investment in souls and can feel we have made a way for others to know Jesus Christ.

Giving births miracles. Let’s each do our small part.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you that you have provided us with all that we need and given us the ability to share with others.

Devotion by Anne Johnston