Today’s AMI QT Devotional, written by Pastor Sam Lee (Catalyst Agape Church, NJ), was originally posted on October 2, 2013.
Devotional Thought for Today
“Can’t Give What You Don’t Have”
“I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
As I have been in ministry for many years, I have learned an important lesson: You can’t give what you don’t have. If there is no peace in your heart, you can’t give peace to others. If you don’t have joy, you can’t give others joy. And if you don’t have love, you can’t give others love. We can fake it, or we can perform and act as though we are giving it, and we can even strive for it, but at best, it is counterfeit.
Jesus walked on this earth filled with the love of His Father. This motivated Him to obedience; this motivated Him to minister; and this motivated Him to the cross. Jesus prayed that God would place this same love in His disciples, the Father’s love for the Son in our heart. This is the love we should strive for, instead of fleshly and human love. When we try to love through our own strength, we will come up short. But don’t be discouraged, for I believe God knew this, and for this reason Jesus prayed that we might have the greater love: “…that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
Our human attempts are good but insufficient. This morning let us take some time receiving, for we know how to show love by doing. Receive the great love the Father has for His Son and ask that this great love will be in our heart today. Receive fully, so that love of God will flow out of us today.
Prayer: Dear God, please help me to be real so that if I lack love, I will ask for it before faking it before people. As You fill me with Your love, may I love others the way You have always loved me unconditionally. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Acts 19
Lunch Break Study
Read Matthew 10:29-31: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
Questions to Consider
- What attributes of God are highlighted in this statement of Jesus?
- Why did Jesus declare this?
- Do you feel worthy to receive God’s love? Is receiving love easy for you? Why or why not?
- God’s omniscience (God knows all things) and omnipotence (God can do all things) are highlighted in this passage.
- Jesus makes this declaration to allay our fear of future as it relates to our socioeconomics.
- Person response
As you look back today, were you aware of God’s presence? Too busy to notice Him? Write about your day and let’s do better tomorrow.