Two Baskets


Two Baskets

Did you know that God has put good things within you that He wants you to give away to others? Imagine that within your spirit God has placed two baskets. As you begin your day, the Holy Spirit deposits in one basket what God wants you to give away that day. Each day the number and type of things deposited in your basket may vary, depending upon the needs that God wants you to touch and the people He wants you to bless.

Often, what the Holy Spirit deposits in your basket is a mystery. You do not know exactly what God has in mind for you during a day. The good news is that He doesn’t ask you to try and figure it out or run around in circles trying to make everyone happy or meet everyone’s needs. What He does want you to do is to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and to respond to Him in simple faith and obedience.

As you go through your day, you may discover that the Holy Spirit has deposited within your basket a prayer He wants you to pray, a word of encouragement He wants you to speak, a blessing He wants you to give, or an act of kindness He wants you to extend.

Whatever it is that the Holy Spirit has deposited in your basket is what He desires for you to give away during your day. When you go to bed at night, it is good to have an empty basket. Nothing needs to be carried over because the Holy Spirit will make new and fresh deposits each morning.

Earlier, I said there were two baskets that God has placed in your spirit. The second basket does not contain the things you give away during the day but the things that you receive from God that enrich your life and refresh your spirit. When you bless others, you are blessed; when you give out, you receive; when you empty yourself, you are filled. Consider the following Scriptures as ways God fills your other basket:

He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 NIV

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38 NIV

(Jesus said) “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” John 4:32 NIV
Roy Lessin


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