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God’s Helper

Daily Devotional for October 22, 2016

Read: Matthew 25:34-40; Mark 9:41

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Jesse sat in church listening to a missionary speaker talk about a far away country. The missionary wore a long, white robe and had a scarf wrapped around his head. "This is the way we often dress on the mission field," he said, turning so everyone could see his clothes. "The purpose of this loose scarf is to keep the sun off my head. It really works quite well."

Jesse sat up straight to see better. "The people are difficult to reach with the gospel, but I'm happy to be there because I know God sent me to tell them about Jesus," continued the missionary. Jesse's eyes opened wide. He had never been away from home for more than a few days at a time. He hoped God wouldn't send him to a strange country. He didn't want to leave his family.

The next evening, Jesse sat on the front porch steps. He could hear sounds from the kitchen where his mother was cooking, and he could hear the hum of his father's lawnmower in the backyard. Jesse liked those sounds. He looked down the street and saw Mrs. Quarry, their neighbor, walking home with a heavy bag of groceries. She stopped in front of Jesse's house, set down her grocery bag, and leaned against the fence. The grocery bag tipped, and several cans of food clattered across the sidewalk and into the street.

Jesse ran to help her. "I'll get your groceries, Mrs. Quarry," he said.

The old woman sighed and took a deep breath. "First, Jesse, please help me up my front steps," she said. "I'm so tired." She put one hand on the fence and the other on Jesse's shoulder. He walked beside her and hoped she wouldn't fall. When they reached the porch, Mrs. Quarry sat down on one of the chairs. She looked up at Jesse and smiled. "God sent you to me, Jesse," she said. "He knew I needed help, and He sent you."

Jesse felt lighter as he ran back to pick up the groceries. He realized there were many ways he could serve God, and he didn't even have to leave home--at least not yet. Ruth M. Hamel

Are you serving God at home? At school? In your neighborhood? You don’t need to wait until you’re older. Be willing to serve God wherever He wants to use you. Ask Him what He wants you to do for Him right now. Then serve Him by washing dishes, mowing lawns, helping a friend or neighbor, running errands, or doing whatever else He shows you to do.

“Whom shall I (God) send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
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