Thoughtful Gifts

Its nice to know that someone is thinking of you and cares about you that they would spend their time and money to encourage you.

Matthew 17.1-13

Reference:  v. 5  While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.  Listen to him!” (NIV Bible)

Explore:  The other day I was at home trying to write a sermon when my door bell rang.  Now, in the past this disturbance might have caused me frustration at being interupted or annoyance at having my privacy broken.  However since moving to a new area my door bell hardly ever rings, so I was intrigued who it could be.  When I opened the door I was surprised to see a gorgeous new friend of mine.  Not only was I pleased to have her visit but had also brought me a present.  She knew that I had a very busy weekend ahead and so had made lots of little bags of lollies to keep me going throughout all my work.  I am still taken aback at how thoughtful her gift was on so many levels.  Its nice to know that someone is thinking of you and cares about you that they would spend their time and money to encourage you.
In this passage from Matthew 17 we hear God speak about Jesus.  Jesus had been in ministry for a while now.  He was giving so much of himself to the crowds and was even starting to talk about what was to come.  This must have been an incredibly heavy burden to carry.  And then he hears these words, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”  What an encouragement.  What beautiful words to spur someone on to continue their journey.

Application:   It is often easier and quicker to pull someone down rather than build them up.  And yet small thoughtful moments can inspire people to continue on, even through the most difficult times.  Our words and our actions are powerful.  We have the choice to be someone who encourages or someone who pulls others down.  However, as followers of Christ our decision has already been made for us.  Jesus was constantly building up those who were downtrodden and disheartened.  That didn’t mean that he wasn’t confrontation, because he was certainly that too.  But he gave hope and encouragement to those who needed it most.  We all must be mindful of our words and our actions and be aware of the impact they will have on others.

Prayer:  Lord, sometimes it is hard to hear your voice.  And yet in small ways we notice your love and grace towards us.  May we be obedient to You so that you will also be well pleased with us.  Amen.

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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