I am available​!​

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Feb 102018
 

“If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done. Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow. Perhaps it all will” (Ecclesiastes 11:4, 6).

One of William Barclay’s friends tells the following story:

In the church where he worshiped there was a lonely old man, old Thomas.
He had outlived all his friends and hardly anyone knew him.

When Thomas died, this friend had the feeling that there would be no one to go to the funeral so he decided to go, so that there might be someone to follow the old man to his last resting-place.

There was no one else, and it was a miserable wet day.
The funeral reached the cemetery, and at the gate there was a soldier waiting.

An officer, but on his raincoat there were no rank badges.
He came to the graveside for the ceremony, then when it was over, he stepped forward and before the open grave swept his hand to a salute that might have been given to a king.

The friend walked away with this soldier, and as they walked, the wind blew the soldier’s raincoat open to reveal the shoulder badges of a brigadier general.

The general said:
“You will perhaps be wondering what I am doing here. Years ago Thomas was my Sunday School teacher; I was a wild lad and a sore trial to him. He never knew what he did for me, but I owe everything I am or will be to old Thomas, and today I had to come to salute him at the end.”

Thomas did not know what he was doing.

“Dear God,
​​I am available​!​
Please make me usable and use me today to be ‘as Jesus’ in some way to every life I touch so that I will have an influence on others, not only for time, but also for eternity.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’ name, Amen.”

(PA)

Demonstrate your devotion!

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Feb 072018
 

How can we demonstrate our devotion to God?

Some ways are relatively easy such as reading the Bible and spending time in prayer.

These we can do on our own time.

But there’s another thing we can do that involves other people-

– lending a hand to those who need it.

One of the great joys of the Christian life is the opportunity we have to help each other.

It’s easy to help those you know will help you back.

But look at the people Jesus talks about in Matthew 25.

He says: ‘I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me’ (Matthew 25:35-36).

The people Jesus was talking to were confused, ‘Lord,’ they said, ‘when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ (Matthew 25:37-39).

Jesus responded, ‘As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me’ (Matthew 25:40).

The righteous in these verses were demonstrating their devotion by going above and beyond in serving each other.

Rather than just helping those who could help them in return-

– they went the extra step and helped those who couldn’t repay them in any way.

They fed people who couldn’t afford food; they clothed people who couldn’t afford garments.

As Jesus’ response indicates, these weren’t just kind gestures to people in need.

They were demonstrations of faithful devotions to God.

Ask yourself:

What opportunities to serve have been presented to me in the last month?

Have I participated in those?

Why or why not?

Do I find myself often asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’

Make the decision to do one thing this week for someone who probably can’t repay you.

Ask God to open your eyes to the need of those around you.

Ask Him to show you how you can meet those needs and demonstrate your devotion!

(PA)

DND

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Jan 042018
 

“…do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4).

When it comes to serving our fellow man-

– most of us tend to live with a mindset that posts a “Do Not Disturb” sign over our heart.

We say:

“I’m too busy.”

“Leave me alone.”

“I don’t want to get involved.”

“I’ve got my own agenda.”

Our culture is overrun with the attitude:

“It’s all about me!”

A meaningful life begins when we realize-

– it’s not all about us.

It’s all about God!

When we get to know our Creator through Jesus Christ,

– and begin to worship God and serve Him-

– we realize the way we serve God is to serve our fellow man, especially those in need.

“It’s all about me” is-

– incredibly selfish,

– and it leads to emptiness and spiritual death.

Real living begins when we start to know God, and serve Him.

Serving God means serving others.

It’s one of the keys to discovering your life purpose.

(PA)

Here you have it!

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Dec 282017
 

A large group of European pastors came to one of D. L. Moody’s Northfield Bible Conferences in Massachusetts in the late 1800s.

Following the European custom of the time, each guest put his shoes outside his room to be cleaned by the hall servants overnight.

But of course this was America and there were no hall servants.

Walking the dormitory halls that night-

Moody saw the shoes and determined not to embarrass his brothers.

He mentioned the need to some ministerial students who were there, but met with only silence or pious excuses.

Moody returned to the dorm, gathered up the shoes, and, alone in his room, the famous evangelist began to clean and polish the shoes.

Only the unexpected arrival of a friend in the midst of the work revealed the secret.

When the foreign visitors opened their doors the next morning, their shoes were shined.

They never knew by whom.

Moody told no one, but his friend told a few people, and during the rest of the conference, different men volunteered to shine the shoes in secret.

I’m humbled.

How about you?

Many of us want to be great ministers for the Lord.

We want our names and our works to be remembered.

But let’s never forget the true ministry of the Lord.

Not only would have Jesus shined those shoes in secret-

He would have returned to wash their feet too!

Have you been asking the Lord to use you?

Here you have it!

Shine some one’s dingy shoes,

– give a gift to someone in need,

– love on someone hard to love…

But don’t tell the world.

Do it in secret!

You can be sure that the Lord sees these things!

And He will open up more opportunities for you to do even greater things for Him!

“You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you” (John 13:13-15).

(PA)

Your small sacrifices

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Dec 152017
 

One day, as Mahatma Ghandi climbed on board a train-
– one of his shoes slipped off and fell to the track below.

As he bent to retrieve it, the train lurched forward and began to move.
Ghandi tried to grab his shoe, but missed.

He stood there for a moment watching his shoe slowly fade into the distance.

Then to the shock of everyone around him-
– he quietly took off his other shoe and threw it so it landed just to the side of the shoe already on the ground.

When asked why in the world he would throw away his other shoe also-
Ghandi responded:
“The poor man who finds the shoe lying on the track will now have a pair he can use.”

Have you ever given something away that you really hadn’t planned to?
Maybe, like Ghandi, it was a possession.
Or did you give your time, your talents, your money?

Your small sacrifices might be huge blessings for someone else.

Perhaps you could-
– drive a friend to a doctor’s appointment,
– invite someone to church, or
– teach a Sunday School class.

There are many opportunities around you where you can be a blessing to others!

Ask the Lord for opportunities where you can be a blessing to others.
And thank Him for the blessings He has given to you.

(PA)