Wednesday, November 2, 2011

More will be Given

Mark 4:24-25 (ESV) And he said to them, "Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. [25] For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away." With the measure you use it will be measured to you. For to the one who hase, more will be given. Grace is like that, the more gracious you are with others, the more grace you receive. Of course grace is grace, forgiveness is forgiveness, and in many aspects it is all or nothing. That is kind of what Jesus is getting at here. But the more you practice being gracious, the more gracious you become. Salvation may not be dependant on this, but it is possible to grow in faith and love. Some churches call it sanctification, I avoid using that term for this. We grow, we grow stronger in the faith, we grow stronger in Grace. There are ways to do this. Taking time out for God’s word is one of those. The reward? I don’t know, I suppose one could go on about jewels in heaven. I think the reward is here in this life more than it is in heaven. I can’t wait to be proven wrong on that. But there is plenty of joy to be found in so feasting on the word of God, that you always have more than enough to share with others. There is reward in being able to share the faith with a friend in a manner that is intelligent and compelling, and seeing it take root, perhaps even bear some fruit.

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