Tag Archive | open hands and open heart

Philippians 1:3-4 ” I thank my God everytime I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy. “

Paul made it a habit of practicing gratefulness.  In not only this letter to the Philippians but in his letter to the Romans he showed his appreciation and encouragement.  In Romans 1:8 he writes, “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you…”  Why did he do this?  Well, in Philippians 1:7 Paul goes on to add, “It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart.”  Paul not only practiced a grateful heart, but he went on to affirm the good in people.   For when we show appreciation, say thank you, and speak positive words into someone…they are built up, edified, and given new self-worth.

Acts 2:46-47 ” Every day they continued to meet together in the Temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their numbers daily those who were being saved.”

Unity and mutual care for one another…that’s what the early Church did on a daily basis.  With steadfastness and faithfulness to the Gospel, they walked out their lives in very practical but focused ways.  They approached each day with open hands and open hearts…looking for needs and filling them.  The early Church was centered around goodwill towards others…of encouragement and sharing…of loving one another.  And the Lord added to their numbers daily.  For people saw the Gospel being played out in front of them and they wanted what these Believers had.  The world is still looking for that today…for care, and compassion…for love and acceptance.    For the Church of the present has the same responsibility and opportunity to impact the world for Christ as the early Church did…maybe even more.

Colossians 4:3 ” And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.”

Paul was chained up in a dark, dank prison in Rome with deplorable conditions…yet his concern was focused on proclaiming the Gospel.  So what’s my excuse?  What’s my justification for not telling others about Jesus?  How can I explain away the times I’ve had the opportunity…but didn’t speak?  God will open doors daily for us to tell others about the spiritual truths of the Gospel…we just need to be brave enough to walk through them.  I pray in the days ahead that all Believers  be endowed with a supernatural boldness to reach the lost for Jesus…times are getting short.

Matthew 6: 19-21 ” Do not store for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Ask yourself what you hold dear today.  What is it that’s precious and cherished in your life?  Is it sitting in the garage, or on your wrist, or proudly placed in your house for all to see?  Or are they intangible, incorruptible things that only come from a heart where the Holy Spirit abides?   Jesus tells us that if our priority is gathering up wealth and riches down here on earth…our heart will soon become a haunt of unclean lusts.  But if the things we value are Godly and right, we will have treasures in heaven that will never be exhausted. (Luke 12:34)

II Corinthians 9:6 ” Remember this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”

It’s been amazing to watch the immense fields of corn and soybeans growing around us.  The farmers have planted the greatest amount they can in order to have the most abundant harvest possible.  Blessing others works the same way.  If we are open-handed with our generosity…we ourselves will be blessed in return.  For it says in Proverbs 11:25, “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”  Sow generously into the Kingdom of God with open hands and an open heart…for a man reaps what he sows.