The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, October 24, 2020 comes to us from Steve Wakefield of Georgia
1 Corinthians 15:50-58 50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
My mom’s ministry was sending birthday cards with encouraging words. For more than 30 years she sent cards to people and never tired of her work. On the day she died, she had 10 birthday cards ready to be mailed. When I arrived to help prepare for her funeral, my dad asked me what we should do with the cards. I told him that we needed to mail them.
In the week leading up to my mom’s funeral many people told me how much receiving a birthday card from my mother had meant to them. At the funeral I asked how many people had received a birthday card from my mother. Nearly everyone in attendance raised their hand. Mom’s ministry seemed like a small thing, but it touched many lives. She stood firm and let nothing move her as she did the work of the Lord.
We can all strive to accomplish the good that we have the opportunity to do. When we ask God to give us opportunities to serve, we need not worry about the size of our ministry or its outcomes. God will work through us to provide meaningful results, whether we see them in our lifetime or not.
Prayer Focus: My Role Model in Faith
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for giving us opportunities to serve you by serving others. Amen.
Thought for the Day: What ministry is God calling me to today?
— Steve Wakefield
As we approach All Saints Sunday, I have been thinking about a particular role model in my life. The Reverend Dr. Phylemon Titus (otherwise known as Tite) was Detroit East District Superintendent when I went through the candidacy process, studied at seminary, and was ordained. His presence was truly inspirational. Even when situations were difficult, he was open and kind to every single person he encountered. He offered pastoral presence and care in all the circumstances of those of us who were in his charge. I pray that I can live up to his example, at least in some small way.