Monday, 21 October 2013

MINISTERING TO THE LORD WITH YOUR SUBSTANCE

Spirit & Life Devotional
Sunday, October 20

MINISTERING TO THE LORD WITH YOUR SUBSTANCE

"Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities - Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance." Luke 8:1-3

Now we know how Jesus was able to focus on His ministry and achieve so much in a very short period; He had devoted partners who attended to His needs, ensuring He lacked nothing. Amazingly, these women followed Jesus and ministered to Him until He died: Matthew 27:55 says that as Jesus hung on the cross, "Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for His needs."

Every one is quick to claim the promise of Philippians 4:19; "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."; forgetting that it was first spoken to people from whom Paul had received substance!

No room for stingy people in the kingdom of God; no room for selfish and greedy people either. Christianity is not all about receiving from God and being only concerned about Him meeting your needs: which minister's needs are you meeting?

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