Daily Devotional

Humble service

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Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.

- James 3:13 (NIV)

A few days a week I volunteer in our church library. I often see a certain man walking down the hall with a screwdriver or a drill or a sander in his hand.

When I ask him what he is doing he says, “Oh, I noticed that this needed to be done, and I thought I’d just come in and take care of it in my spare time.” He doesn’t receive any pay for these important little jobs, and most of the congregation has no idea that he works there so often during the week. But it is disciples like this man who keep every church building repaired and usable.

Some think that to be a disciple means witnessing to hundreds or preaching to crowds, and many disciples do these things. But no less important is the disciple who cheerfully does the little things every day that make other people’s lives more pleasant and productive. We all have some kind of talent that we can devote to further our Lord’s kingdom. All we have to do is identify that skill or talent, decide to use it for the Lord — and then get up and actually do it.

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