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“For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord,  begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints, and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God” (2 Corinthians 8:3-4).

We sometimes need examples of things that ought to be done.  The Lord has always provided those who willingly serve without complaint.  Look at the good examples and follow those who are doing what the Lord asks.  Then become one who is an example to others.  In one sense, this is not necessary for everyone.  On the other hand, this is what we call maturity.  Grow into the maturity of the Lord.

Lord, I am often lazy and simply want things to be the way I want them.  Help me when I am this way to see that I live for an audience of One and that is You.  Guide me to do what You give me to do knowing that in You is all hope and the only good future.  Lead me in Your goodness to learn from You and mature in this faith that You have given me.  Your way is the only sure thing in this, and every, age.

Lord Jesus, You encountered many who wanted what they wanted, but You came for those who would follow You.  Where I resist, or become as a complaining child, mature me that I would live into the life to which You have called me.  Guide me in Your goodness that I would now and always live as You know life needs to be lived.  Teach me to be an example to others in faith. hope and love.  Amen.

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