Day 18: January 22nd, 2021
COMMITMENT… BECAUSE WE’RE FREE
Matthew 10:8 – “Freely you have received, freely give.”
Roman 8:32 – “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”
There are two seas in the Holy land. The northern sea, called the Sea of Galilee,
is one of the land’s most beautiful features. Fed by the Jordan River, it waters fertile valleys and helps produce a bounty of fruits and vegetables. Fishermen still pursue its depths, finding sustenance and profit. This is the sea that Jesus loved. He knew its waters in stillness and in storm. Upon its banks He taught many parables, spent many nights, and worked His miracles of love and compassion.
The southern sea, further down the Jordan River, differs greatly from the Galilee. Its air is filled with the stench of debris and filth. No man or beast will drink from its bitter waters. No children play along its polluted shores, for this is a lifeless sea. It’s very name reveals its nature: The Dead Sea.
Both seas are fed by the same river, but why the stark difference? It’s because the Dead Sea has an inlet to receive fresh waters, but no outlet to send them on. The fresh waters pour in…only to stagnate and decay. Can you think of people like this? People who are greedy and selfish, thinking only of getting more and more for themselves? They are like the man in the parable who sought to build bigger barns to protect his increase, never realizing the true nature of his riches.
Our challenge, and our commitment in 2021, must be to be “Galilee Christians” – giving out as freely and readily as we take in. For only by living in this way will we be as healthy and joyous as God desires us to be. As Proverbs 11:25 (NIV) says, “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”
As we give ourselves freely and generously to expand the ministry of CFTN.F, we are living out the lesson of Scripture. We are truly discovering the joy of the Galilee principle.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
What is God calling you to do today?
How will you express your commitment to His Kingdom?
Prayer Focus: Ask the Father to grant you the same giving heart He has. “Father, make us ‘Galilee Christians’. A people who freely give what we have so abundantly received from your hand.”