BLESSINGS – RECEIVING WITHOUT GIVING             Ecclesiastes 2:4-8

“Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. 3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?” (Ecclesiastes 1:2-3)

True joy is found not in what you accomplish but in who benefits from our success. Dying to yourself and giving for me and others will reap for you the joy of seeing your efforts reproduced many times over in us. Your sharing will give life to many. If however, you refuse to share, you will destroy both God’s joy in giving to you and your joy in passing on what He gives. You will also forfeit His blessings because those who wish to receive from the abundance of God must use wisely all He gives. This is true selfishness concerns itself only with its own prosperity and well-being. It lacks interest in the concerns and needs of other. Selfishness Destroys Personal Happiness and Satisfaction. You were created to give. When you lavish your potential on yourself, your potential and all you accomplish by using it lose their meaning. King Solomon learned this when he went through life doing one thing after another for himself. Read Ecclesiastes 1:2-3; 2:4-8  Eccl. 2:8-11 states I denied myself nothing my eyes desired. I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labour. Yet when I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless… Read also vv17-18. Eccl 12:13-14. Work and effort that focus on self are meaningless. (Rick Warren)

PRAYER LINE: Lord, help us not to focus on fleeting treasures but on You, our most precious treasure. Teach us the joy of reveling in You and Your loving presence and provision in our lives.

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Of all that is precious Jesus tops the list.

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