Luke 6:33-38 (NIV)

33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful 37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Luke 6:38 (NIV)

38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

DEVOTION – Ruth O’neil (Virginia)

Many People are sticklers about tithing a tenth of their income, but tithing includes more than just money.  Sometimes, when it comes to time, we aren’t so generous in giving to the Lord.

A tenth of our day is just under two and  a half hours – 2.4 to be exact.  When we think of all the things we already cram into our day, it may seem impossible to give that much time to God.  The good news is that our tithe of time doesn’t have to be spent all at once.  We can give more time on weekends, if necessary.  We can do a variety of things as we tithe our time to God each day:  study the Bible, pray for others, call someone, send an encouraging e-mail, send a card to brighten someone’s day, fix a meal for the sick, visit the housebound, bake cookies for a neighbor, be a mentor to a young person who doesn’t have both parents, bring groceries to a needy family, take a depressed friend out for coffee, or listen to a friend unload his problems.

Once these activities become habits, we might be surprised to find that a tenth of our day just isn’t enough time to serve God.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  God needs our time even more than money.

PRAYER:  Dear Lord, help us to devote time each day to serving you.  Open our eyes to see where we are needed.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS:  TO BE MORE GENEROUS WITH OUR TIME

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