Today’s devotional comes from Sheena.
Read 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12.
It’s a busy time of year for the practical among us.  Farmers have silage to bale while the weather is dry, livestock are fattening, there will be crops to harvest.  It’s a great time for outdoor work- building walls, landscaping, painting.  And those of us who have spent lockdown in the garden will be watering, picking fruit and veg and admiring our flowers.

For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. 1 Corinthians 3:9

These practical gifts glorify God, you are caring for His people by using them.  Working with honesty and integrity shows others what  walking with God is all about.

God chose practical people to spread the message – fishermen, tent makers, even the son of God was a carpenter.  He didn’t choose religious leaders, teachers or people of authority, the type of people we might choose if we had to spread an important message to everyone on Earth.

God chose them carefully and he used these men with different talents to work together to spread the Word that Jesus is Lord.  As well as different professions they also had different temperaments.  Through the gospels we can see men who are impulsive, emotional, tempestuous, pessimistic and loyal.    The disciples weren’t alone and neither was Paul.  He travelled with Luke, Barnabus, Timothy, Priscilla and Aquila and others.

We are not meant to travel through our lives alone and the Bible teaches us that our brothers and sisters don’t need to have the same job, temperament or be the same age as us.  What binds us together is a love of God.  

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.  Colossians 3:12-14

There is loyalty  in these relationships like all friendships.  But there is more to a Christian friendship – there is deep  caring, teaching and  accountability. We are supposed to support each other but also be honest advisors ‘as iron sharpens iron,  so one person sharpens another.’ Proverbs 27:17

Dear Father,

Please help me to use the gifts you have given me  this summer to glorify You.  Thank you that you use practical people to spread your word.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made and thank you that you have made other unique brothers and sisters to walk with me through life.  Please help me to reach out, find and nurture these relationships.  That they may be lifelong and fulfilling both to us and to You.


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