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2021.04.20 Daily Devotional

2021.04.20 Daily Devotional

2021.04.20 Daily Devotional

The Upper Room[1] devotional reflection for Tuesday, April 20, 2021 comes to us from Joey Ortiz of Texas.

Colossians 3:23-25     23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,  24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.  25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.

“Our All”

When I entered high school, it seemed like everyone already knew one another.  I felt alone and insecure.  At lunch and in classes, I watched and studied the way other students talked and how they treated one another.  Hearing talk of sex, drugs, and violence disappointed me and made me worry.

Each day I prayed for my high school and asked God to use me.  After a week of praying, God prompted me to start a prayer circle.  I was nervous and scared I would be judged, but I trusted God.  I began to pray every morning in the front lobby.  Some days people would pray with me, and other days I would stand by myself.  As I continued to pray, I felt God speaking to me again: I was only following God’s guidance within my comfort zone; I wasn’t giving my all to what God had called me to do.  So, I put up fliers throughout the school and posted the information about the prayer circle on social media.  I asked other students to help spread the word.  By the end of that year, more than 30 of us prayed together almost every day.

When God calls us, we often do the bare minimum and then blame God when things don’t work out.  But God asks us to give all of ourselves to our work.  No matter what we do for God, we can give it our all – just as God does for us.

—Joey Ortiz

Prayer Focus:  School Prayer Groups

Prayer:  Dear God, give us the strength and motivation we need to work for your kingdom.  Amen.

Thought for the Day: In whatever work God calls me to do, I will give it my all.

Friends –

God’s Grace is abounding, and when we give our best, God empowers us to build Beloved Community, one person at a time.  Through this action, we fulfil the call of Christ on our lives.

–Pastor bea