Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 17, 2018

“let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 8:1-3.

“Soon afterwards, He began going around from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God.  The twelve were with Him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses:  Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means.”  Luke 8:1-3.

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It is surprising that these women are singled out for mention as contributing to the support of Jesus and His disciples out of their private means.  Who thought Mary Magdalene would have the necessary mental ability, financial resources, and discipline to earn money, save money, and contribute?!  Who thought Joanna, possibly connected to “THE” wicked Herod who killed male babies in Bethlehem and John the Baptist, would have any desire to contribute?!  Who is Susanna?  Why are no men mentioned?  

“… God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.”  1 Corinthians 1:27-29.

And, why would Jesus, Who could miraculously provide all the support that He and His disciples need, be willing to receive any support?!

“Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness;  you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God.  For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God.  Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all, while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you.”  2 Corinthians 9:10-14.

In summary, Scripture teaches us that God uses our contributions to increase our righteousness, to produce our thanksgiving to God for enriching us in everything to be so liberal in giving, to cause others to glorify God and to be thankful to us for our obedience to the gospel and for the liberality of our contribution to them (and thus strengthening the relationship of them to us), to cause them to pray for us, and to even cause them to yearn for us because of the surpassing grace of God in us.

Wow!  That is a lot of blessings to us for contributing!!

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.  So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”  Galatians 6:9.


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