11.4.14 devotional

Tuesday, November 4
1 Peter 4  Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

Reflection:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.” Rooted in his Christian faith, Dr. King both knew and preached that we rely on God’s Spirit to give us the support and the “advocacy” we need to serve. In the book of John, Jesus reminds his disciples that the Holy Spirit will come in the form of the “Advocate.” In God’s Spirit and with God’s Spirit, we have an advocate who strengthens us for lives of service. We do not go it alone!

Questions for reflection:

Can you think of a time that you have served your neighbor and felt a sense of support from a power greater than you own? How would you describe the feeling of strength, support, stamina? If you can put the strength into words, might you share your story with someone in your life today?

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