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Matthew 9:37

He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few.

Life Lesson

Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) begins just after Jesus heals many. In particular two blind men and one that couldn’t speak.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is God answers our prayers so I/we can in turn be used by him for His purposes of helping someone else, sharing the Good News and doing Kingdom work. For example 2 Corinthians 1:4 says, He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” So the challenge is what will I/we do and how will I/we be when helped? Will I/we be selfish and go on living life for self or will I/we be selfless, play-it-forward and live for God by doing Kingdom work and serving Him. Furthermore, will I/we put others first and will I/we be more concerned with the needs and wishes in helping them instead.

Hence, my take away today is meditating over Matthew 28:19-20 often and as necessary. To serve as a timely, relevant, necessary and constant reminder which says,Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”” Remembering too I/we will not be alone nor be doing it on my/our own for He is with us always! Moreover, when helping others and making a difference remembering 1 Peter 4:11 which says, “…Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies…”

Matthew 8:25

The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

Life Lesson

Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) begins just after Jesus teaches about the cost of following Him. Saying in Verse 22, “…“Follow me now…””

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is exactly what Jesus says in Verse 26, “….“Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!”… Yes, we read God’s word, we hear God’s word and we learn God’s word through bible study, teaching and sermons yet most of us (me included) panic when the rubber meets the road. Especially when we are encountering a setback, facing an obstacle, confronting a challenge, troubled, distressed, burdened, etc. Probably leaving God wondering why so little faith. Perhaps, it’s because we don’t really understand or wholeheartedly believe who truly God is. Genesis 24:3 says He is, “…the God of heaven and earth, …” Deuteronomy 10:17 says He is, ““…the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God…” Psalm 29:3 says He is, “…The God of glory…2 Corinthians 13:11 says He is, “…the God of love and peace…”

Hence, my take away today is when in doubt or losing faith to meditate on God’s word. To further spend time at the Master’s feet on bended knees in prayer sharing as well as exchanging my inner most secrets, most intimate thoughts and honest feelings. And through building that closer and stronger relationship we/I can be reminded who God truly is. Moreover,  through building that closer and stronger relationship will help you and me not only to better understand but more importantly to better believe.

Matthew 3:11

“I baptize with water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Life Lesson

Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) begins as John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus. It is here wherein John speaks about Jesus just before baptizing him in the Jordan River.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is it’s only the start and simply not enough to just partake in an outward sign of commitment. In other words, only the symbolic burial part just declaring death and acknowledging readiness to begin a new life in and with Christ. Rather, what really needs to follow is an inward change which involves a change of attitude and thus results in a changed heart evidence by a transformed life. In essence, not going through the motion or doing so for show but instead as Romans 12:2 says by letting God, “…transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Hence, my take away today is asking myself often the question when others see me who and what do they see? Do they see someone who has changed, been transformed and see Jesus in and through me instead? Moreover, am I the person people see in public the same  when I am all alone, with family or no when one’s looking?

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Matthew 2:16

Herod was furious when he realized that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, based on the wise men’s report of the star’s first appearance.

Life Lesson

Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) begins just after Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus flee to Egypt to prevent King Herod from killing the child based on a vision Joseph received from God.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is how things today haven’t changed much from bible times. For as King Herod assumed Jesus would one day take his throne away rather be king of and over his life, like him who was misinformed, many today feel much the same. That Jesus Christ wants to take things away too instead giving the gifts of eternal life, freedom, love, peace, joy, etc. Galatians 5:22-23 affirms this saying. “…Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…”

Hence, my take away today is remembering as we approach Easter Sunday to continue efforts to inform the misinformed. To share the Good News and especially the story of hope when Christ arose triumphant. Where death could not hold him and sin could not defeat him.

2 Corinthians 9:8

And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

Life Lesson

In today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) Paul reminds the Corinthians of their previous commitment made to give to the church in Jerusalem. Saying in 2 Corinthians 9:3, “But I am sending these brothers to be sure you really are ready, as I have been telling them, and that your money is all collected…”

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is a promise is a promise. Ecclesiastes 5:4-5 says, When you make a promise to God, don’t delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him. It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it.” Moreover, when it comes to giving for Kingdom’s work, what we have (to invest), actually comes from and belongs to God. Moreover, when we invest wisely for his purposes He will shower us with even more to give. For as Verses 10 says, “For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources…”

Hence my take away today is regardless of reason we might perceive in giving, Verse 13 sums it up best by saying this, “…they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.”

2 Corinthinas 8:12

Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have.

Life Lesson

In today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) Paul calls for generous giving. In particular saying in 2 Corinthinas 8:11 “…Give in proportion to what you have.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is when giving we should do so generously. Not out of obligation but rather joyfully, wholeheartedly, eagerly and passionately motivated by love. Furthermore, not giving for show or to look good or to look better. For as Matthew 6:1 says, ““Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.”

Hence my take away today is to give according to Godly principles. Deuteronomy 16:17 says, “All must give as they are able, according to the blessings given to them by the Lord your God.” Proverbs 11:24-25 says further, Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper… And Proverbs 21:26 also says “…the godly love to give!” Moreover, John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son…” However, we should remember to give responsibly, giving until it hurts but not when it hurts us or hurts our family who might need support.

 

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