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The Night Light

Daily Devotional for October 23, 2014

Read: Luke 16:10-12

Marcie sighed. Everybody's going to have a part, she thought as she listened to the conversation at the table. Everybody but me. Pastor James and his wife had come for dinner, and so far the discussion was all about the church campaign

to reach their small town with the gospel. Mom was going to sing at a women's retreat, Dad was in charge of a men's breakfast, and Marcie's older brother offered to make posters to advertise a city-wide youth rally. Marcie pushed her food around on her plate. I wish I were big enough to help, she thought.

Just then Pastor James turned to Marcie. "Do you have any friends you can invite to our special meetings?" he asked.

Marcie nodded. "I guess so," she murmured, still wishing she could have a real job like Mom and Dad and her brother did.

As Mom tucked Marcie into bed later that night, Marcie shared her thoughts. "Honey," said Mom, "inviting friends and praying for them is a real job. It's every bit as important as what any of us will do."

But Marcie wasn't convinced.

"Do you get enough light in your room from the hall night light? Or shall I leave the overhead light on?" Mom asked as she turned to leave.

"Or I could put a lamp from the living room

out here in the hall. Would you like that?"

"No!" exclaimed Marcie in surprise. "That would be way too bright and keep me awake. The night light is perfect."

"So both big lights and small lights are needed, right?" Mom asked. "And I think they're equally important, don't you?"

"Yep," said Marcie. "When I wake up at night, I like the little night light.

But when I read, I need the bigger lights."

Mom nodded. "They just have different purposes," she said. "And that's true of people, too--and of tasks that need to be done. They're all needed, and big ones and little ones are equally important. Little people, as well as big ones, need to be invited to learn about Jesus."

Marcie was thoughtful. "Okay. I'll invite all my friends to the meetings,"

she promised. "I'll invite my whole class." She grinned. "I'll be a night light."

Are you too young to preach? To organize meetings? To prepare a dinner? That’s all right. Some day the Lord may ask you to do those things. Right now, perhaps you—not your mom—can be a friend to the new kid at school. You—not your dad—can mow your grandmother’s lawn. You—not the pastor—can invite your teacher and classmates to come to church. Whatever God asks you to do, do it for His glory.

He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much.
*Verse displayed is NKJV

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