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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, February 8, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
God’s gifts differ in nature, power, and effectiveness according to his wisdom and graciousness, not according to our faith. God will give spiritual power necessary and appropriate to carry out each responsibility. We cannot, by our effort or willpower, drum up more ability and thus be more effective teachers or servants. These are God’s gifts to his church, and he gives faith and power as he wills. Our role is to be faithful and to seek ways to serve others with what Christ has given us. (NLT)
Romans 12:4-8 – Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.
God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
Paul said to the Ephesian elders, “We must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” –Acts 20:35
Deborah Burke Henderson (Massachusetts) titled her story “SERVING QUIETLY;” here is a portion of Deborah’s story:
“My husband, Bill, is naturally curious and observant, which contributes to his being a quick study. He’s never been afraid to try to fix anything. . . .
“. . . It used to upset me that people would constanly ask him to fix things, sometimes even before a word of hello. But upon reflection one day, I saw his talent as his gift from God. That change in my perspective has made all the difference.
“I wonder, Do I offer my own gifts cheerfully without thought or regard for myself? Will I someday mature so that I don’t need or expect credit for my service to others? I see clearly that Bill is freely giving of himself for the sake of others, as God means for us to do. When we watch people like Bill, we can see examples of serving God quietly and strive to do likewise.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – My cheerful giving is a testament to God’s grace.
Prayer: O God, inspire us to discover and use our talents in daily service to others and to do with joy. Amen.
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