Sunday, January 23, 2022

Love Also Receives 2

 

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Hebrews 6:7 (NET), “For the ground that has soaked up the rain that frequently falls on it and yields useful vegetation for those who tend it receives a blessing from God"

I once read a story about a woman who risked her life to save her child. It was a fire incident and everyone ran for their dear life. She had bearly escaped the inferno when she heard the cry of her little baby. Her baby was in the building and the fire was blazing. Without a second thought, she ran right into the building, passing through the fire, and rescued her baby. Yes, the baby was rescued unhurt, but she was confined to the hospital bed for several months. Thankfully she survived but sustained irreparable deformities. May years later, the child had grown and was ready to get married, but something really disheartening happened; she did not invite her own mother to her wedding. she presented herself as an orphan to her in-laws to be. She did this because she considered her mum unpresentable.

How will you describe the child's action? What an ingrate! You’ll most likely exclaim. But, haven’t we all demonstrated certain measures of ingratitude? Unfruitfulness, in spite of the investment of God in a life, is a demonstration of ingratitude.

See how Jesus captured this in a parable: “a certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it : And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down” (Luke 13:6-9 KJV).

A barren womb is one that receives seed but does not bear fruits. If all you do is receive and give nothing in return, you are like that unfruitful tree waiting to be cut down.

Go into today knowing that love also receives and that God is expecting a harvest of love from you.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me love you the way you love me. Help me love others too. Amen.
—Dr. Emmanuel James

Bible In One Year: Psalms 146-148 (In Devotional Audio)
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