|Today’s Scripture: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58|
|Do you enjoy getting out the old snow-blower, praying to God that it still works, and bundling up with so many layers that you can barely move enough to push the contraption? I can’t say that I do. That’s why I made my girls do it. Really, it was not because I despise it. I made them do it to teach them a lesson. Being surrounded by older neighbors presents a great opportunity for showing Christ-like service. One day, during an intense blizzard, I looked out the window and thought about how our neighbors wouldn’t stand a chance at getting out of their driveways with all the snow coming down.
I shifted my gaze to my teenage girls and said, “How do you feel about snow-blowing for our neighbors?” To my surprise, there was no hesitation to their agreement. I had not offered them any money or compensation for going out in the frigid weather, but their attitudes were great, and they had a ton of fun with the task. They bundled up and headed outside, and soon, I was outside with my children. I also provided the snow blower and fuel to run it. I was there helping them do the job, and as soon as they re-entered the warmth of our home and began to thaw, I presented them with enough money for them to spend a day together doing something fun-way more than I would have given them had I offered to pay them for the job before they did it.
Our Heavenly Father is watching us, His children, to see what we do with the opportunities He gives us. Do we need to feel like we are going to be exceptionally blessed before we care enough to do something for those around us? Do we need to be ensured compensation for doing what’s right or for doing extra things for the Lord? Everything you do for Christ will have eternal ramifications. Live with this responsibility and empowerment. God doesn’t just tell us to do something and sit back and watch, He supplies everything we need, helps us perform the task that He asked, and then rewards us for our service. It may not look like it at this very moment, but God’s rewards are far beyond what we can measure. We are going to triumph through the toil. Our service must accompany our faith so that the world can see Christ through us. Choose today to be a blessing in life’s blizzard.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.