DAILY REFLECTION: GIFT FOR SERVICE – SUNDAY 27th JAN. 2019

SUNDAY 27th JAN. 2019

THEME: GIFT FOR SERVICE

PASSAGE: GAL. 4:6- 16
6. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. 8. Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 9. But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10. Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. 12. Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all. 13. Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first. 14. And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. 15. Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. 16. Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

MESSAGE
Some people are often careless with the gifts they have. They say that since the gifts cost them nothing, they can use them anyhow. Beloved Brothers and Sisters, Spiritual gifts are not so; they should be used responsibly to serve the Giver and humanity. Remember the lot of that unprofitable servant who did nothing with his own gift and received eternal punishment.

But Apostle Paul laid an exemplary example of love to Galatians. In the past, the attitude of the Galatians to Paul had been very warm; they did not treat him with contempt or scorn but “you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God or as if I were Christ Jesus Himself” (Gal. 4:13). So deep was their concern that I can testify that, if you could have done so you would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me (4:15). The Judaists had attempted to turn the hearts of Galatians against Paul.

Paul used the characteristics of love in 1Cor 13: 4-13 without compromise, in appealing to the Galatians, who were going back into the world the second time, to embrace the gospel of Christ as they did when he first preached to them love, patience and kindness. Love is neither jealous nor boastful. It is neither arrogant nor rude. Love does not insist on its own way. It is not irritable nor resentful.

Let us apply love in the exercise of our talents or gifts in serving others to God’s glory. What an excellent gift with which to serve God and men!

HYMN: EMHB 314
1: COME let us sing of a wonderful love,
Tender and true;
Out of the heart of the Father above,
Streaming to me and to you:
Wonderful love
Dwells in the heart of the Father above.

2: Jesus, the Saviour this gospel to tell,
Joyfully came;
Came with the helpless and hopeless to dwell,
Sharing their sorrow and shame;
Seeking the lost,
Saving, redeeming at measureless cost.

3: Jesus is seeking the wanderers yet;
Why do they roam?
Love only waits to forgive and forget;
Home, weary wanderers, home!
Wonderful love
Dwells in the heart of the Father above.

4: Come to my heart, O Thou wonderful love.
Come and abide,
Lifting my life till it rises above
Envy and falsehood and pride;
Seeking to be
Lowly and humble, a learner of Thee.

MEMORY VERSE:
Gal. 4: 13 “You know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first.”

PRAYER:
God of love, kindly instil Your divine love into my heart so that I will always live a Christ-like life to the end. Amen.

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