Devotion for Thursday, June 25
For by the grace given me I say to everyone of you:
Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
Romans 12: 3-4
I often wonder how church will have changed when we are able to attend worship with our faith family. Singing is being discouraged, hymnals and Bibles may be stored for a while and social distancing will be observed. But even with the changes we may find, one thing that won't change is how we live our faith, how we show that God is the rock upon which we build our life. The following story is an example of this and caught my eye. I think it will catch yours too.
"His name is Bill. His clothes are tattered and he has no shoes. He is brilliant and profound and became a Christian while attending college. Across the street from the campus is a very conservative church. They want to develop a student ministry but don't know how. He walks in with no shoes, jeans and wild hair. He starts looking for a seat but there are none. He gets closer to the pulpit and finds that the floor is the only thing available. He sits down on the carpet. By now people are getting uptight and tension fills the air.
The minister realizes that a deacon is slowly making his way to Bill from the back of the church. The deacon is in his eighties and is wearing a three piece suit. He walks with a cane and starts walking toward Bill. Everyone is saying to themselves that he can't be blamed for what he has to do. The church is silent except for the clicking of the cane. All eyes are focused on him.
And now they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor, with great difficulty lower himself and sit down next to Bill to worship with him so he won't be alone. Everyone chokes up with emotion. When the minister gets control, he says, "What I'm about to preach you will never remember. What you have just seen you will never forget."
We must be thoughtful about how we live. We may be the only Bible some people will ever read.
Gracious God, help us to be thankful for the gifts of others, to know that their abilities make up for our deficiencies, that our strengths balance their weaknesses, and that together we can continue to build Christ's church with love and compassion. And all God's people said," Amen."