Thank you to Chaplain Maurice Stonecypher for sharing this at our Board meeting:
Becoming an “Energy-Giver” – sharing God’s endless love with others
Definition: An energy-giver is someone who loves God with all of his heart and therefore turns to love his neighbor as he loves himself.
- Focus on loving and serving God
- Invests their lives in meeting the needs of those around them
- Freely give of themselves, their time – talents – resources to make others successful, cared for, and appreciated.
- Their heart is so full of God’s grace and love that they cannot help but share God’s love with others.
Practical Evidences of an Energy-Giver
You can see an energy-giver going out of his way to invest in the lives of others through acts of kindness and generosity. Such an individual’s actions set them apart from the crowd.
- Seeks God’s face by spending time in Bible study and prayer, and shares those insights with others.
- Smiles, and has a rebounding source of enthusiasm.
- Is always looking for ways to serve those around them, puts their whole heart into the tasks, at hand, and is diligent in simple and complex tasks.
- They do more than is required.
- Looks for the good in others and are quick to offer genuine praise.
- They remember those who have invested in their life and expresses gratefulness to
- He enjoys good humor, but he turns away from foolishness that hurts and harms others.
- Lives frugally, so they can give to others.
- Quick to forgive his offenders and offer restoration.
- Seeks the truth, applies it to their life, and is obedient to God’s Word.
- Pray, always.
How to Become an Energy-Giver
Acknowledge your need for God’s energy.
Without the gift of God’s grace, which is the desire and power that God gives to accomplish His will, you cannot give to others for long. You must see your need for God’s help and His willingness to give you aid.
God desires that you love others (see John 15:12), and He has promised that if you abide in Him, He will supply your needs (see John 15:4–5). He will work in and through your yielded life to minister to others. “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).
The limitless source of God’s love and grace will enable you to focus your heart on Christ and cheerfully invest your life in meeting the needs of others. Through the continual grace and strength that God gives, you can faithfully live as an energy-giver.
Recognize and reject self-effort.
Living your life as an energy-giver is not something that you can do on your own. If you have tried to serve others for any period, you know that it is not easy to do! Attempting to live as an energy-giver in your own strength will soon leave your resources of love, joy, and service depleted.
However, as you accept God’s unending resources and abide in Him as your life, you can share His love with others again and again. Christ promises that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. He will provide all that you need to share with others! It is important to turn to Christ and receive the grace to live the way He wants you to live.
Dedicate your body to God as a living sacrifice.
God desires to pour His love and goodness out to others through our hearts and lives. This becomes possible when we yield ourselves to Him and allow Him to use our skills, resources, words, talents, and actions to accomplish His purposes.
“Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1–2).
Be committed to doing God’s will.
The principles expressed in God’s Word can give you wisdom for making decisions throughout life. Studying the Scriptures will reveal what God’s heart values and give you direction in making right choices. As you dedicate your life to God and seek to live as an energy-giver, base your decisions on the concepts God communicates through the Bible. He will give you insight into effectively meeting the needs of others.
Study Scripture verses about endurance.
God wants you to endure difficulties and come through them with success, which will bring joy to you, an example to others, and glory to God. By memorizing Bible verses about endurance, you can strengthen your heart in the midst of difficulties. God’s strength is never failing; you can be an energy-giver even in difficult times.
- “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small” (Psalm 24:10).
- “Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9).
- “Be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long. For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off” (Proverbs 23:17–18).
- “If thou has run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses?” (Jeremiah 12:5).