Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 8, 2019
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 2 Corinthians 9:12-13
A broker is someone who serves as a trusted agent in connecting two people who do business together. Our daughter recently hired a real estate broker who found her a house that fit her needs. Remarkably, this keen business woman prayed over the process of searching for just the right house, with particular criteria: geographically convenient, friendly for children to play, neighbors who desire community, a good church close by, excellent schools and affordability. This successful real estate agent sees herself as a broker for God, connecting clients to His best.
Paul develops this idea of serving others for Christ’s sake by taking care of the needs of believers first, followed by everyone else in the wake of the church’s selfless service. Being a broker for God was a stunning, yet suitable idea for some of the new Christians who made up Paul’s audience. Self preservation, not selfless service marked many who read his words. Yes! God’s people are His agents to connect others to Him: His love, His forgiveness, His provision. His purposes. Generous living is all about influencing the world around us for the world to come.
“For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people” (2 Corinthians 8:3-4).
What a privilege to broker for the Lord! Every day praying for and being keenly aware of people who need to be connected with people or helping facilitate resources to excel their obedience to Christ or to follow Christ for the first time. His commissions are growing in intimacy with the heart of love that exceeds all loves, overflowing in joy over seeing hope lighten the eyes of one on the verge of despair, and a growing faith for the God broker and all those involved in the spiritual, relational and perhaps economic transaction. Spiritual brokers are bold givers for God!
Do you have your brokers license? Trust in Jesus. If you believe in Jesus, you can broker for Jesus! No greater joy than to connect someone who falls in love with the lover of their soul. No greater fulfillment than to have a small part in facilitating someone’s faith walk by helping them take a few steps along the way of their spiritual journey. Look for little ways to connect others to Christ: a prayer, a listening ear, an encouraging gift, a creative idea, an insightful truth, assurance they are not alone or an introduction to a friend. Broker for God, by loving for God!
“And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us” (2 Corinthians 8:5).
Heavenly Father, commission me by your Holy Spirit to connect others to Christ, and to His resources, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Who needs me to broker a need with a helpful resource for Christ’s sake?
No greater joy than to connect someone who falls in love with the lover of their soul–Jesus. #WisdomHunters #brokerforGod
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