In Giving We Receive the Greatest Gift

Paul’s assessment of the virtues of the Roman Christians in Romans 15:14-33 is that they are full of goodness, filled with knowledge, and competent to instruct one another (v. 14). Paul pictures his relationship with the Roman Christians as being an advocate for them, a coworker, and team member for proclaiming the gospel of Christ. He is proud of their work together for the Lord.

There are ways that Christ acts through the apostle Paul by inspiring to use his gifts to spread the gospel. Paul carried out the mission giving credit to God for grace and the Holy Spirit for power. Paul gave his time to proclaiming the gospel of Christ and the people of Macedonia and Achaia made a contribution to the poor. 

It is in giving that we receive the greatest gift. The God of peace in turn gives us peace when we joyfully give to the needs of others. When we follow through with giving, our generosity feeds the soul one on one and person to person.

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This day with You God, we take in today’s passage to understand more about generosity. Giving our time and resources may require some sacrifice on our part but the benefits out way the cost. We feel better knowing that the world is a better place because of our giving. Our generosity also demonstrates our love for You Lord. When we give, we take ownership into Your great work. Just as with Paul, may Christ work through our generosity today!  Amen 🙂

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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