Devotion for Thursday, April 11, 2024

“Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you” (Matthew 5:42).

We are not being instructed to give everything away, but we are to have an attitude of stewardship that holds on loosely to the things of this world.  You have been given gifts and abilities.  Do you use them to help others.  In helping others, it is not about you, but about what the Lord is going to do through you.  He will partner with You to literally make you like Christ.  Look outward and not inward.

Lord, I am self-centered.  I do look at myself first.  I do not believe You are asking me to be all things for all people, but You are asking me to do what is good and right always.  The first charity is what You have given me.  You want me to give some of what You have given me to others, reflecting Your grace and kindness.  Many do not, but what about You?  Will you trust the Lord for all things?

Holy Trinity, for You and from You are all things.  You have called me into Your ministry.  In the mystery of faith You have given me, create in me a new and clean heart that welcomes the opportunity to live the way You created us all to live.  You are the provider and only in You is there true hope and life.  Guide me by Your grace to live this day in the way that is pleasing to You.  Amen.