Glory Seed Devotional, 2018.03.22

Glory Seed Devotional’s 2018 Experiencing Jesus, the Prelude to Life

Carereceivers…

Shalom!

You’ll not find this in chapter 5 of Matthew but there is reference to it in chapter 13 of John. Blessed are the Carereceivers for they will be a Blessing! “Jesus answered him, “What I’m doing you don’t realize now, but afterward you will understand.” “You will never wash my feet,” Peter said. Jesus replied, “If I don’t wash you, you have no part with me.”” (John 13:7–8, CSB)

Yesterday I wrote about Caregivers today I am writing from my own perspective as a Carereceiver (a word I just made up). In today’s scripture verse Jesus was telling Peter if he couldn’t take care of his needs Peter would have no part with Him. In Mark’s gospel Jesus said something else about the relationship of a Caregiver to a Carereceiver. “When Jesus heard this, he told them, “It is not those who are well who need a doctor, but those who are sick. I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.”” (Mark 2:17, CSB)

It is not those who can care for themselves who need a Caregiver, but those who cannot care for themselves. In a real sense the relationship we have with Jesus is that of Carereceiver to Caregiver. Yesterday I wrote that a Caregiver gives up EVERYTHING, so what does a Carereceiver give up? Like the Caregiver what a Carereceiver gives up can be reduced to one word too, PRIDE. The last time I saw Doctor Artinian Patti pushed me out in a wheelchair I was almost humbled to tears, it had to be, but I still didn’t like it. Here’s another verse you’ll not find in chapter 5 of Matthew: Blessed are they who humble themselves for they will receive the care they need when they need it.

The Blessings Caregivers receive for the most part are below the surface where nobody really sees them, sometimes not even the Caregiver themselves. But if God sees even a Sparrow when it falls will certainly see when a Caregiver goes into action. Carereceivers on the other hand as a rule their Blessings are out where people can see them, like a wife pushing her husband in a wheelchair.

Never in my life had the thought ever occurred to me that one day I would become a Carereceiver but unfortunately that is the path life has lead me down and I am so Blessed to have “my world” filled with Caregivers, some of whom I’ve never seen nor will I ever see them, and then there’s my family, and especially the Lady who has stuck with me for 50 years, Patti, and then there’s God who has stuck with me for nearly 72 years. What I Blessed world “my world” is!

If you are a Carereceiver than try as best you can to thank all of your Caregivers! If you are one in need of a Caregiver don’t let pride get in the way. “Ask and you will receive!”

“The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. You will not despise

a broken and humbled heart, God.” (Psalm 51:17)

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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Unless otherwise stated all scripture quotations marked CSB have been taken from Christian Standard Bible, Copyright 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible and CSB are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

One thought on “Glory Seed Devotional, 2018.03.22

  1. My Mom struggles with this. She has always been a caregiver of one kind or another and now it’s her turn. She is 87 and I think it is one of the hardest things of faith I’ve seen her struggle with.

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