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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, August 20, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
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.
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.
Jesus said, “[The Spirit of truth] will glorify me, because he will take what is mind and declare it to you.” –John 16:14 (NRSV)
Lynn Hare (Oregon) titled her story “GO FOR THE GOLD;” here is a portion of Lynn’s story:
“When I was 21, my best friend, Tim, and I got summer jobs in Skagway, Alaska. We’d been dating for several months, so I was delighted when he proposed and slipped a gold-nugget ring on my finger. A few months later, we were married.
“As prospectors carefully sift out the grit so that they can extract gold nuggets, we had a lot of filtering to do. Soon after Tim and I married, we argued about many things. . . . The differences between us made me frustrated and angry.
“As I came to know God better, I began to appreciate how God values me and my talents. I decided to value Tim in the same way. I complimented him on his abilities, such as writing computer software and being a good listener for our three children. Each day, my prayers and my growing relationship with God drew Tim and me closer as well. When we choose to find goodness in our loved ones, negativity falls away. In the process, we can extend an authentic display of God’s accepting nature to those we love.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Where do I see God’s gold in my loved ones?
Prayer: Dear God, help us to sift through our frustration and negativity so that we can see the gold in one another. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/