Week 52 Thursday

Mine to Give

Today’s scripture selection: Song of Solomon 7-8

Key verse: Song of Solomon 8:11-12a

It’s a song of deep, never ending love and devotion between a man and woman.

It’s also a picture of the deep, never ending love and devotion that can be shared between Christ and His church; God and His kingdom; the Lord and you.

“Solomon had a vineyard in Baal Hamon; he let out his vineyard to tenants.  Each was to bring for its fruit a thousand shekels of silver.  But my own vineyard is mine to give; the thousand shekels are for you, O Solomon, and two hundred are for those who tend its fruit.”

Poetically, these verses speak of how we can offer something precious – priceless – to God.  And of how God’s love is precious and priceless to us.

Do we often think of our relationship with God in such glowing terms?

Do we sometimes see that relationship as being one-sided; with our being on the “receiving” end only?

I think this is the challenge for those of us who claim to be God’s people; the “apple of His eye.”

To see our relationship as one in which we could never “re-pay” God for what He has done for us; but one in which we desire to give Him everything of ourselves that we can, just the same.

It’s not about quid pro quo.

It’s about reciprocal, deep, abiding, and sincere love.

“But my own vineyard is mine to give…”

How about it?  What devotion – what love – can you show God today?

Prayer: Lord, I cannot offer much, but may I love you deeply, without thought of return.  Amen.

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1 thought on “Week 52 Thursday

  1. Jean Turlington July 31, 2014 — 7:27 pm

    Paul, I love the way your devotions are written ~ to the point and easy to understand. I look forward every day to receiving your new post. Thank you for these wonderful messages ~ I am saving them and do refer back to them. If you do not publish that book, I will print them out and make my very own devotional! God bless you as you continue writing ~ they definitely are helpful to me on so many levels! Jean

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