Daily Devotional – Giving Not Taking

By on January 16, 2020
Daily Devotional

Our scripture for the Daily Devotional today is taken from Ephesians 4: 18-32. We are encouraged to add value to those around us in love. To give and live out a generous lifestyle. The bible instructs us, women, over 50 to love and give unto others as we would have them give unto us. Since I do not wish to be taken advantage of, I shall not take of others what they have.

They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”[d]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

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The sixth command in the law of Moses is “You shall not steal.” Exodus 20:15. We are called by God to be part of His body. How can one part of our body steal from another? If our body fought itself, in time it would die. If the whole body thrives, so does every part of the body. 

Paul is calling to the church of Ephesus to transition into the body of Christ. To add value to the church and community in general through working and creating something. This is in contradiction to the act of taking from the community and church for selfish gain. Each of us has needs, very real needs that need very real solutions. It is the responsibility of all members to play a role in the church and community meeting the very real needs of all.

Living a life for the glory of God, a level of self-control and discipline are needed. Many people in the day of Paul and the early church, and many people living today live a life of self, looking to fulfill what so ever they desire. Let us put on the new body of Christ and focus on His church and our communities, investing in the people rather than stealing away for our pleasure.

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you, God, for bringing me into Your family and church. I know that you have made the ultimate sacrifice for me. Help me by Your Spirit to live an empowered life of abundance for your body and the community around me. Help me to invest You into others rather than steal their joy.

In Jesus name
Amen

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Daily Devotional – Giving Not Taking