FROM THE MINISTER - Rev
read about a man who on a visit to a large department store in
saw a mother with her young son. What made this couple stand out was that
although the little boy had his arms full of toys he was crying because he
couldn't hold the extra ones his mother was trying to force onto him.
wonder if we are a bit like that with God. He gives us so much and
sometimes we try to hold onto it all. There are times in our life when we
may have to hold onto not just the things he gives us but onto his hand as
well. But there are also times that we must pass on to others some of the
things God has given us in order to receive more from him.
is from Godís hands that we are enriched.
tells us that in Christ we have been enriched. Some would argue that the
Christian faith impoverishes the personality, that it curtails life's
pleasures and diminishes its joys. Not so, says Paul.
points out to the Corinthians that, having received Jesus Christ into
their lives, they had become rich beyond compare.
give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has
been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in
him, in speech and knowledge of every kind - just as the testimony of
Christ has been strengthened among you - so that you are not lacking in
any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the
day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus
Christ our Lord.
certainly knew what he was talking about for although he had gone through
all kinds of losses, privations and danger, he was aware that he had
gained far more than he had lost.
writer has compiled a list of the things Paul did not possess. He thinks
for example, that Paul did not, as far as we can tell, have a wife, a
home, children, or a settled income. Yet though he did not have a wife on
whom he could lavish his affection, over and over again he speaks about
the Lover of his soul. In
Galatians 2:20 he makes reference to "the Son of God, who loved me
and gave himself for me".
may not have had a home, but throughout the
there were homes where no guest was made more welcome. And though he had
no children or family, "in Christ" his spiritual progeny was
to some more words taken from his letter to the Galatians: "My dear
children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is
formed in you". From
references in his letters we know that Paul thought of Timothy, Titus, and
Onesimus as his own sons.
in Jesus Christ resulted for Paul, as it does for every Christian, in a
positive enrichment of life. What Christ asks from us is nothing in
comparison to what He gives. To know Him and to love Him is to be rich
beyond compare. This month empty your hands to others that God may fill
them again. In this way God blesses both us and those we give to.
friend and minister, Janet Jackson