Thursday, December 26, 2013

DAY 586 - A Jesus' Giving Lifestyle (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)

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     Paul talks about it is the work of grace and not human effort that Christians give much. In today's passage, Paul points the Corinthians to Jesus as a perfect example of giving. 

Bishop N.T. Wright says ( ) :
      Jesus, with all the 'riches'  of his life in the glorious mystery of God's inner being, became 'poor', both in the sense that becoming human was an astonishingly humbling thing and in the sense that the human life he took on was not royal, rich and splendid in the world's terms but instead poor, humble and eventually shameful.  Paul has modelled his entire life and work on this Jesus, and he longs, throughout this letter, that the Corinthians will do so as well…
     When Jesus, for the sake of us all, became poor, we became rich; now, when people who follow him are ready to put their resources at his disposal, the world and the church may benefit, not only from the actual money but from the fact that when the Jesus-pattern of dying and rising, of riches-to-poverty-to riches, is acted out, the power of the gospel is let loose afresh in the world, and the results will be incalculable. 

N.T. Wright. Paul for Everyone:2 Corinthians. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004, p.90-91.
     What have you learn from Jesus about giving? What is your respond to Jesus love to exercise a Jesus' giving lifestyle? 

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    What I heard from Jesus today is: A Jesus' giving lifestyle

    What I got from Jesus today is an invitation to live out a Jesus' giving lifestyle. There are two things you need to know:
1. Most people's lifestyle is give less, take much. So, remember that you can't do it, you need God's grace work in you so that you are able to do it.

2. You have the best model to follow, you just follow Jesus of how He gives His all to you. You just follow His daily prompting to you so that you know what and how to give. 

Dear Lord Jesus, 
Lead us to be able to follow your good example to give.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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