Tuesday, May 9, 2017
2nd Corinthians 9:10-11: He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
God through St. Paul is telling us about receiving and giving and receiving. God blesses us with all that we need to live in this world and lifetime. In many and various ways, He over blesses, or "uber" blesses us. Why? So that we share those blessings with those who are in need of it. And through that blessing we are encouraged, strengthened, and blessed to continue our giving blessings to others so that thanksgiving and praise is given back to God. It is a wonderful circle of life.
At the same time, God is not only referring to the physical blessings of house, home, food, clothing, and the like. God is also referring to the uber blessings of grace and mercy, love, and compassion, and most of all, forgiveness of sins and new life that is given to us through the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. All of this is summarized in one word; GRACE. God's Riches Are Given to us at Christ's Expense. When we believe in the GRACE of God we "pay it forward" to those in need of God's GRACE. It is joyous to pay it forward and we are uber blessed with gratitude and thanksgiving to God when we lead and see other receive the GRACE of God. Let's pray.
Father God, Your blessings overflow. You daily and richly provide for us all that we need to live as well as to give away. Lead us by the Holy Spirit to live and give away the uber blessings You bestow. We pray this in Jesus' name, Amen.
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Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.