Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 4, 2020
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13, NLT
A broker is someone who serves as a trusted agent in connecting two people who do business together. He keenly recognizes a need and then brings to bear relationships and resources to help solve the problem. A friend of mine in a nearby city recently challenged his network of friends to purchase gift cards at a 50% discount from local thrift stores that support ministries who serve those out of work and in need of food and clothing. $100,000 was given to provide real time donations to four ministries. When their thrift stores reopen, $200,000 worth of gift cards will be spent by those in dire need. My 82 year old friend Tom is a hope broker who is finishing well!
Paul develops this idea of being a hope broker by first depending on the Lord, the source of all hope. Beautifully, the fruit of His hope is fulfillment with the overflow of joy and peace. Being a hope broker for God was a challenge 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. Being a hope broker is about influencing the world around us for the world to come.
“Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you” (Psalm 25:4-5).
What a privilege to broker for the Lord! Pray every day for and be keenly aware of people who need to be connected with people or help facilitate resources to excel their obedience or belief in Christ. His commissions are growing in intimacy with the heart of love that exceeds all loves, overflowing in joy while 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 this spiritual, relational and perhaps economic transaction. Hope 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! There is 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 hope for God, by offering hope in God!
“Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope” (Job 4:6)?
Heavenly Father, commission me by your Holy Spirit to connect others to Christ’s hope, and to His resources, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Who needs me to broker a need with a helpful resource for Christ’s sake?
Here is a helpful resource during these days of grief, sorrow and uncertainty: A Little Book of Comfort
There is no greater joy than to connect someone who falls in love with the lover of their soul–Jesus. #hope #WisdomHunters #truth #Jesus
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