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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, August 25, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
Those who spun cloth made a beautiful contribution to the Tabernacle. Good workers take pride in the quality and beauty of their work. God is concerned with the quality and beauty of what you do. Whether you are a corporate executive or a drugstore cashier, your work should reflect the creative abilities God has given you. (NLT)
Exodus 35:30-36:1 – And Moses told them, “The Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. The Lord has filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, intelligence, and skill in all kinds of crafts. He is able to create beautiful objects from gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in cutting and setting gemstones and in carving wood. In fact, he has every necessary skill. And the Lord has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach their skills to others. The Lord has given them special skills as jewelers, designers, weavers, and embroiderers in blue, purple, and scarlet yarn on fine linen cloth. They excel in all the crafts needed for the work.
“Bezalel, Oholiab, and the other craftsmen whom the Lord has gifted with wisdom, skill, and intelligence will construct and furnish the Tabernacle, just as the Lord has commanded.”
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. –1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
Nancy C. Todd (Kentucky) titled her story “GIFTS FOR SERVICE;” here is a portion of Nancy’s story:
“I have been crocheting since I was a teenager. . . .
“Over the years, I have given away many crocheted items as gifts; but until recently, I had not thought of using this skill as a ministry. Would God use crochet as a way to help reach others for the Lord? I searched for answers in the Bible, and found that during the time of Moses, God called skilled craftsmen to build the tabernacle. . . .
“So I started a ministry at my church where we seek out areas of need in the community and crochet or knit items to help meet those needs. To each item we attach a card with Bible verses so that the receivers may be drawn to Christ.
“If we allow God to do so, God can and will use whatever skills we have. I feel blessed to know that the scarves, caps, and baby booties I crochet will help others to know the love of Jesus.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – What gift can I use to glorify God?
Prayer: Thank you, God, for using our simple gifts to serve others. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org