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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, December 5, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
Since the Creation, God has given us work to do. If we could regard our work as an act of worship or service to God, such an attitude would take some of the drudgery and boredom out of it. We could work without complaining or resentment if we would treat our job problems as the cost of discipleship. (NLT)
Colossians 3:23-24 – Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and the Master you are serving is Christ.
Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. –Matthew 6:3 (NIV)
Gale Richards (Iowa) titled his story “LEFT HAND – RIGHT HAND;” here is a portion of Gale’s story:
“My wife had surgery on her right hand and couldn’t use it for several weeks. She needed help to do almost everything . . . This experience helped me understand the idea of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing. . . .
“Doing God’s work is similar. God chooses to involve us in the divine work. Even after years of trying to do God’s will, I am sometimes tempted to shy away rather than risk doing a poor job. When this happens, God gently encourages me to pick up the task I am called to. . . . None of my efforts has been perfect; in fact, some of them have been pretty poor. But God always seems to take pleasure in the results of faithful service.
“Now, when God calls me to do something, I enter into the task in prayer and faith. After years of being part of God’s work, I feel a closeness to my Creator that would not have come any other way. That closeness gives me assurance and comfort each day.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Everything I do for God matters.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for calling us into your service and for accepting our efforts. Teach us to give our best to you and trust you for the results. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE HEISTANT TO RESPOND TO GOD’S CALL
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