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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, June 30, 2015
It is important to pray regularly and to reach out to needy people. Your possessions, status, and power will mean nothing in God’s Kingdom, but you will spend eternity with other people. Invest your time and talents where they will make an eternal difference.
Some people, well aware of their abilities, believe that they have the right to use their abilities as they please. Others feel that they have no special talents at all. Peter addresses both groups in these verses. Everyone has some gifts; find yours and use them. All our abilities should be used in serving others; none are for our own exclusive enjoyment. Peter mentions speaking and serving.
How is God glorified when we use our abilities? When we use them as he directs, to help others, they will see Jesus in us and glorify him for the help they have received. Peter may have been thinking of Jesus’ words, “Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly father” (Matthew 5:16). (NLT)
1 Peter 4:8-11 – Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.
God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you. Are you called to be a speaker? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory in everything through Jesus Christ. All glory and power belong to him forever and ever. Amen.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord. — Colossians 3:23 (NIV)
Robert Miller (Pennsylvania) titled his story “QUALITY WORK;” here is a portion of Robert’s story:
“I recall as a boy spending summer afternoons in my grandfather’s shoe-repair shop. . . My grandfather was a man of gentle conviction who took great pride in all he did. This philosophy applied not only to his work but to every aspect of his life. After an encounter with my grandfather, his customers would walk away not only with a pair of newly repaired shoes but also with an inspired and uplifted heart.
“I learned an important lesson from my grandfather: our relationship with God requires that we maintain a sense of love and integrity in all that we do, whether it be at work, at school, in the home, or in places unfamiliar to us. The manner in which we followers of Jesus Christ perform our responsibilities — even routine tasks — can be an expression of worship and a way of honoring God. Every day provides unique opportunities to minister to those around us. Through our words and actions we can affirm our love of God and our commitment to serve God as good stewards in the world entrusted to us.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Does my life reflect God’s standards?
Prayer: O God, may we recognize our true purpose and use the gifts you have given us to honor you. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SMALL-BUSINESS OWNERS
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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