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THE
vercoming
Give What You Have
SERIES
‘…THOSE WHO HELP OTHERS ARE HELPED’
PROVERBS 11:25.TM
One night, during the 1960s, an African-American woman stood beside an Alabama
highway in a terrible rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a
ride, so she fl agged down a car. When she did, something happened that was virtually
unheard of in those racially charged years. A young white man stopped, drove her to
Lord, help me to take
safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.
an inventory of all I
Though the woman was in a hurry, when she thanked him she wrote down his address.
own and see what I
To the man’s surprise, a week later a colour television was delivered to his home with a
have that I will never note that read, ‘Thank you for helping me on the highway the other night. The rain had
use again, that I drenched not only my clothes but my spirits. Because you came along I made it to my
can bless someone dying husband’s bedside before he passed away. God bless you for unselfi shly serving
with. Help me to
others. Signed: Mrs Nat King Cole.’
be generous in my
Every day, opportunities to serve are coming toward you or passing you right by. Learn to
decision making
see them and seize them! God says, ‘The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed;
so that as many
those who help others are helped.’ And while you shouldn’t do it to just to get something
people as possible
back, the Bible says, ‘The Lord will bless…and prosper everything you do…if you…
can get something
obey Him…’ (Deuteronomy 28:8-9). Listen again: ‘…the gift is acceptable according to
what one has, not according to what he does not have’ (2 Corinthians 8:12 NIV). So, if
out of the things I no
you want to experience God’s blessings in a major way today, go out and ‘give what you
longer need. Help
have’.
me also curb my
unnecessary
spending to be Concentrate On The Main Thing!
able to give more to
... “IT WOULD NOT BE RIGHT FOR US”
the growth of Your
ACTS 6:2.
Kingdom, in Jesus’
name – Amen. As the New Testament Church grew, it became impossible for the Apostles to keep all
the plates spinning; it was time to delegate. Listen: ‘choose seven men from among you
who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to
‘What
them’ (Acts 6:3 NIV).
And what was the result of that decision? a) The problem was solved and the needy were
would it
cared for b) the Word of God spread and the number of disciples increased rapidly
“not be
c) key leaders in the city of Jerusalem were won to Christ. Because of their rapid growth,
right” for
the Apostles quickly found themselves in the food service business. And evidently they
weren’t good at it. Strife and division threatened the Church because Jewish widows
me to were being given preferential treatment over Greek ones. Only when the Apostles
continue
delegated this task to others and got back to what they were called to do did things start
to go right.
doing or
John Maxwell says, ‘You are most valuable where you add the most value. It’s vital to
start
your success that you discover that narrow area of responsibility where you add the most
value and stay there.’
doing?’
The Apostles wrote, “...It would not be right for us to…wait on tables...” (Acts 6:2 NIV).
Take a moment and consider this question. ‘What would it “not be right” for me to
continue doing or start doing?’ Either eliminate it or delegate it but whatever you do,
start making the main thing, the main thing. OK?
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