Daily Devotional

January 22, 2019

Love, Give, and Serve

Acts 1:8
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

There aren’t many things in life that feel better than helping somebody in need. There is satisfaction and fulfillment that comes from helping someone else that leaves a lasting impact on our lives. There isn’t a lack of opportunities to serve, but there are typically some reasons that hold us back from doing so.

The reality is that you might not have every ability or resource to meet every need you see, but you’re not powerless. This verse in Acts says that no matter who you are or what your story is if you’ve said “Yes” to Jesus, you have power. God gives us the Holy Spirit at the time we come to know Him, and with that Spirit, we’re empowered to love, give, and serve.

Yes, the risk is there—you might miss the mark or offend someone, but if we don’t take the risk there’s the chance that nobody else will see or meet the need. Trusting in God’s plan means that He’s allowing us to look at those needs and giving us the desire to act. It’s on us to take the risk to serve, knowing we have the God-given power to make a difference.

One of the simplest ways we can stretch our faith is through using the gifts that God has given us.
19-devo-1.22 (1)The gifts that we’ve been given won’t be the same as what others have received. Whether you have the gift of encouragement, leadership, prayer, teaching, hospitality, or another wiring, God gave you those gifts intentionally to serve others. What are one or two ways you can use your gifts today?

Prayer: God, give me the confidence to act boldly in the power You’ve given me through your Holy Spirit. In the times that I feel led to serve give me the boldness to take a risk, knowing that I’m never more like You than when I’m giving and serving.


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