Different Gifts

In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. 

–from Romans 12:6

The field had several white birds in it, looking for food no doubt.

Stopping on the side of the road to take pictures of them was quite a delight for me.

Without really realizing it at the time, I had captured one bird flying away, one simply standing in the grass and another flying close to the ground.

Three of the same kind of bird, but each in a separate place.

God has given us different gifts.

I may be called to go and given the gifts I need.

You may be called to stay and given the gifts you need.

I may be called to hover over the field, being given the ability to hover.

You may be called to stand, being given the ability to stand.

What gifts has God given you?

Knock

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me.

Before church started this morning, I decided to take a photo of a stained glass window not far from where I was sitting. As I got closer to the window, I realized the artwork was depicting Jesus standing at the door of our hearts, knocking.

I don’t want the noise of the day—work, family issues, illness—to keep me from hearing His knock.

Instead, I want to listen.

Lord, help me to hear You as You knock, every moment of every day. Thank You for Your faithfulness and Your great love.

Amen

Instruct

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;

–from Psalm 32:8

At my workplace, we recently began a initiative for greater security. In this day and age, it has become a necessity.

Part of that initiative is reminding ourselves of direction—-north, south, east and west. If an emergency is announced to be in the south side of the complex, my coworkers and I would need to ascertain which area is indeed toward the south and quickly move in another direction.

While camping and hiking it is sometimes necessary to carry a compass. This helps us to discover the course we are traveling on in order to avoid getting lost. Being oriented in the correct direction can make all the difference.

How many people do you know who aren’t aware of the spiritual direction they are going? Time after time, you see them wandering into dangerous areas because they are not orienting their focus on Jesus.

If we think about, we’ve been wanderers, too, at some point. We have disregarded the direction leading to peace and forgiveness and gone the other way.

Today, let’s focus on what direction will lead us to Jesus, listening for His guidance in every situation we encounter.

It will make all the difference…

What is Good

Indeed, the LORD will give what is good, And our land will yield its produce.

—Psalm 67:6

The seeds are planted in the ground.

Rain waters the soil and God causes the plants to grow.

The LORD gives what is good.

Everything good in our lives comes from God.

What are you thankful for today?

Still Sinners

But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

—Romans 5:8

A statue of Christ stands tall in a cemetery not far from our house.

With arms open, the statue suggests that Jesus is ready and willing to forgive us and draw us close.

Everyone who died and was buried there needed Jesus.

They needed salvation.

Forgiveness.

They needed to be redeemed.

Jesus did that for them, and they only had to make the decision to receive Him as their Savior.

Jesus did that for them.

He did it for us, too.

New

For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

–Isaiah 65:17

As soon as I noticed the sunset, I called to my husband to come outside.

How could I keep such beauty to myself?

I wanted him to view the vibrant colors and sculpted clouds above the horizon.

If God allows us to experience such beautiful and radiant scenes here on Earth, just imagine what Heaven will be like!

Sing for Joy

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

—Psalm 95:1

Recently, some friends came to my home for dinner.

After the meal, we played instruments and sang praise songs to God.

It was a beautiful time as we shared our common love for our Creator.

The psalmist issued an invitation long ago in ages past: “Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;”

Why not sing a song of praise right now?

Work

May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.

—Psalm 90:17

We drove past the field dotted with bales of hay.

There is so much to be said for what that scene represented.

The grass grew because God provided the water and sunlight.

People looked after the land, and when it was time, the grass was harvested and formed into bales.

Livestock will likely eat the hay because those people worked very hard to cut the hay and have it preserved for the months ahead.

As we work each day, there is often so much more to what we are doing than what we readily consider.

The work of our hands can bless others now, and sometimes, in the future.

What work has God given you to do?

Light Shine

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

—Matthew 5:16

The sunlight behind my house was steaming across the road, creating a vibrant green color on the grass and trees.

There was such a contrast between the lighted area and the shadows nearby.

Our lives should be in contrast to those who are not following Jesus.

We should love, even if they don’t.

We should serve, even if they don’t.

We should forgive, even if they don’t.

Our light needs to shine.

Every day….