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Distributing To The Needs Of The Saints
11/16/2009

Distributing To The Needs of the Saints
25-Ways to Honor God-Number 12

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10 (NKJV)

We are looking at a series of devotionals which are revealing 25-ways to bring glory and honor to God - these are actually duties or responsibilities for every Christian. We find these 25-ways in Romans 12:9-21.   

Today we will be looking at the ninth of our "Family duties" as Christian men and women. These are our duties to every Christian believer that we come in contact with.  And that ninth duty is also our 12th way to honor God.  

12.    "Distributing to the needs of the saints," (Rom 12 v. 13)

The first thing we need to understand here is that this particular exhortation is telling us to distribute to the needs of the "Saints." This refers to those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior - fellow Christian brothers and sisters.

The word, "Distribute" used in this verse means to "Contribute," and it is from the Greek word, "Koinoneo," which means to, "Share in," or to, "Share with."  So it is our duty, privilege and blessing to be able to help our Christian brethren during those times of need by sharing with them.  

Throughout this series on ways to honor God, I have continued to use Ephesians 5:1 as a clear authority to instruct us to imitate God.  We have Jesus' life to look at so that we know what it means to imitate God, and so we should be mindful to always ask ourselves, "What would Jesus do?" 
God has given us His love, and we are to allow this love to freely flow through us outwardly to others through our actions.  And part of that outward flow is to give to the "Saints" or the "Brothers and Sisters" in the Lord when they may have needs.

We see this in the beginning of the Church as recorded in Acts.

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.  Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, Acts 2:42, 44 (NKJV)

Jesus gave us a great illustration of meeting the needs of others in Luke 10:30-37, where a man fell victim among some thieves.  As he was beaten, robbed, and left for dead, multiple religious people walked by without helping until a Samaritan came by and saw this man and his needs.  Filled with compassion and without hesitation, he helped this man in his need, by bandaging his wounds, setting him on his own animal, and taking him to an Inn.  The next day, when he departed, he took out some money and gave it to the innkeeper, and said to him, "Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you."

The reason I say that this is a supreme example is that this Samaritan was distributing the needs to a person who was thought to be anything other than a fellow brother, as the Samaritans were regarded as second-class citizens by the Jews.   Two other so called "religious people," a Levite and a priest, walked right on by that man that was in need - but not the Samaritan.  We too, can be all caught up in acting religious, attending church, and Bible studies, and actually miss the opportunities to live a Christ-like life.  

Hey Christian, God will give you the opportunities to be used - it is up to you to be faithful.  If you believe that everything you have is really God's and you are but the steward of it - then ask Him if He wants you to bless another when you see someone with a need - if you are led by God to help after that, then act upon it, giving the glory to Him.  

If you start to think this way, you will find that it actually takes all the pressure off of your shoulders when making those tough decisions as to whether you should give what you have, or be willing to share.  I personally believe that they really are mostly tough decisions simply because, at times, we do not really believe that everything we own is God's - at times, we really believe that these things we posses are our own, and that we will somehow be more secure if we have just a little bit more.   And then we are tempted to hoard and be stingy.  Paul warned Timothy about this very thing.

Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, 1Timothy 6:17-18 (NKJV)

The truth of it is that to do anything other than this is not from God.

But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 1John 3:17 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION:  What can we learn with regard to sharing with other believers in these scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you finding it hard to share what little you have with others when they are in need?  Are you justifying why you don't give and allow God to replenish?

APPLICATION: Pray about everything you use your resources on.  Don't just make the decision to give everything you own away because you feel that is right - instead ask God and think and pray upon it.  It may be a simple gift, but still pray and learn to hear from the Holy Spirit in all things.

Father, Thank You for all provision.  Father, I acknowledge that everything I have is because of You.  Help me to know when I am to share and give to those You have brought into my life Lord.  Help me to know when to say, "No," and when to say, "Yes."  May it bring great glory and honor to Your name.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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