Devotion for Tuesday, August 24, 2021

“For you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, how working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God” (1 Thessalonians 2:9).

Are you one who takes or gives?  Many come in need and we are to give.  The day comes when that role is reversed somewhat.  We all are in need and rely upon the Lord, but He equips us to send us that we would share with others what we have received.  Go then as the Lord leads and learn from Him that You might hear His voice and love others as He has loved you.

Lord, I need to learn so that I would follow You and not the way of the world.  The world teaches me to take all I can get.  You teach me to love others as You love them.  Guide me Lord so that I would learn these things and serve, and not be a burden to others, but carry the burdens of others.  Teach me to proclaim the Gospel with my life.  Grant what is needed so that I would be approved as a worker of the Gospel.

Lord Jesus, You came to serve and not to be served.  By Your example, You healed the sick, fed the hungry, and raised the dead.  You loved into the disciples the truth of the Gospel and went to the cross for us all.  Help me to model Your example by breaking out of my shell and working alongside others with the truth of the Gospel.  Lead me, O Lord, in order that I may follow where You lead.  Amen.