Use God’s Gifts

 

‘She has done what she could.’ Mark 14:8 NKJV

Jesus paid one of His greatest compliments to a woman with a bad reputation who poured an expensive perfumed lotion from an alabaster box onto His head: ‘She has done what she could.’ God requires no more of us, and is worthy of no less. One night about 180 years ago, a woman called Florence heard the voice of God telling her she’d a special mission in life. Nine years later that mission began to take shape when a friend sent her information about an institution in Germany where she could learn to care for the sick. In 1853 she became superintendent of a women’s hospital in London. When the Crimean War broke out a year later she volunteered to take care of British soldiers and went to Turkey. Once there, she was put in charge of nursing at a military hospital.

It was a male-dominated society and the doctors were hostile towards her. The hospital was totally filthy, but she stubbornly began caring for her patients. At first, she used what she brought with her and then she began a writing campaign to resupply the hospital. She spent hours each day in the wards, touching virtually every wounded soldier who entered it. The comfort she gave them on her night rounds earned her the famous nickname ‘the lady with the lamp’. Florence Nightingale changed nursing forever. One of her most famous sayings was, ‘I never made an excuse, or accepted an excuse.’ So instead of focusing on the talents and resources you don’t have, use what God has given you.

SoulFood: Eph 5:21–33, S of S 2:1–7, Prov 5:15–19

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017

Today’s Readings

Ephesians 5:21-33

21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Song of Solomon 2:1-7

2:1 I am a rose of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys.

He

As a lily among brambles,
so is my love among the young women.

She

As an apple tree among the trees of the forest,
so is my beloved among the young men.
With great delight I sat in his shadow,
and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
He brought me to the banqueting house,
and his banner over me was love.
Sustain me with raisins;
refresh me with apples,
for I am sick with love.
His left hand is under my head,
and his right hand embraces me!
I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
by the gazelles or the does of the field,
that you not stir up or awaken love
until it pleases.

Proverbs 5:15-19

15 Drink water from your own cistern,
flowing water from your own well.
16 Should your springs be scattered abroad,
streams of water in the streets?
17 Let them be for yourself alone,
and not for strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain be blessed,
and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
19 a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
be intoxicated always in her love. (ESV)

Sun 01 October, 2017


CALENDAR
Select a specific day

Post Date

October 2017
M T W T F S S
« Sep    
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031  

Recent Articles

What If You Weren’t Afraid?

‘For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.’ 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV From this verse came a question that found me on a plane to Israel, embarking on a twelve-day tour with a diverse group of young adults. When presented with an opportunity such as…

TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY…

The Netflix show 13 Reasons Why has created quite a stir recently. It opens up important issues, both negative and positive, for us all. ‘Everything really does affect everything.’ 13 Reasons Why explores the aftermath of a teenage girl’s suicide. She records 13 audiotapes, each about a person and their contribution to her suicide. It…

Knowing a God of Grace

Last month I was in car accident. I’d like to say I took it in my stride. That I ran straight to all my mates, hands raised in praises and hallelujahs. Realistically, I sat in the ambulance sobbing—and I spent the next few days staring into space and moving from bed to chair to couch…

FAST FROM FOOD…

Fasting is, by far, the least-appreciated and least-practiced spiritual discipline. There is a curious apathy about a discipline Jesus assumed His followers would practice. After all, just as He gave instruction on prayer prefaced by the words “And when [not if] you pray…,” He gave instruction on fasting prefaced by “And when you fast…” Both…

Donate to vision

Over 80% of our income is from the freewill gifts of wonderful people just like you.
So thank you for helping. Your generous support is 'Connecting Faith to Life'.