When he walked the earth, Jesus poured out his life helping others. He was generous with his time, talents and treasure. He had an amazing capacity to be at the right place at the right time, with the energy and focus that he needed to do exactly what God the Father wanted him to do. He poured out his life helping others.
What was his source? Here’s a clue.
On one particular day, Jesus heard the devastating news that his relative John the Baptist had been put to death. Nearby, thousands of people were about to gather so that Jesus could minister to them. They were hoping he would heal their sick and teach them about God’s kingdom. They needed him. So what did Jesus do?
When Jesus heard about it [John the Baptist’s death], He withdrew from there by boat to a remote place to be alone. When the crowds heard this, they followed Him on foot from the towns. As He stepped ashore, He saw a huge crowd, felt compassion for them, and healed their sick. (Matthew 14:13-14)
Before he served others, Jesus withdrew to a remote place to be alone. Yet he wasn’t alone. He was alone with God. He was spending one-on-one time in prayer and fellowship with his Heavenly Father. That was his source. He spent time with God to get filled up so that he could then serve others generously. And he continually depended on the Father as his source, moment by moment.
Follow his example. Make it a daily part of your life to spend time alone in prayer and fellowship with the Father. He is your source. Then, like Jesus, you can live a life of generosity helping others, without getting worn out, bitter or prideful. Moment by moment, draw strength from the Lord.
You won’t run out of capacity for generosity because God is your source.
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