God Thought 10/12/22

Daily Devotion from the Upper Room Devotional Nov. 2, 2020

A New Way to Serve
Tatiana Claudy (Indiana, USA)

Paul said, “My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” - Acts 20:24 (NIV)
When I became a Christian 25 years ago, I took seriously Jesus’ words in Matthew 28:19: “Go and make disciples of all nations.” I worked as an interpreter with the many foreign missionaries that came to my hometown of Saint Petersburg, Russia.

When I moved to the United States, my interpretation ministry ended. I was living on a farm and raising four children; I could not go on a mission. I read Galatians 6:2, “Carry each other’s burdens,” and I asked God to reveal ways I could work for others and for God.

Soon I learned about a woman making quilts and selling them at a charity auction. Proceeds from that auction would be used to build wells in arid areas. I believed that God wanted me to help this woman in her work by giving her several boxes of quilt fabric. Later I learned that the quilt made out of my fabric was sold for the amount necessary to build one well. I praised the Lord, who not only calls us to participate in missions but also shows each of us unique ways to do so.

Dear Lord, help us to understand how we can help to share your good news with all people. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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