By Alison Zeller
In Ephesians 5:10, Paul writes, “Carefully determine what pleases the Lord” (NLT). This implies that, for God’s people, the path ahead is sometimes murky. We don’t always know just what to do or exactly which way to turn.
Maybe you find yourself at a crossroads like this: “I’ve always served as church secretary, but maybe I’d make a bigger difference visiting shut-ins?” Or this: “Do I even have time to serve at all this year? My kids really need me.” Or this: “Maybe I could make the greatest impact serving out in the community—the food pantry or the hospital.” Or this: “I can probably make the biggest difference by just doing what I’m already doing . . .”
For decisions like these, there is no precise map. We need a Christ-centered compass instead. We “determine what pleases the Lord” by staying in tune with his heart. And that happens as we immerse ourselves in the Scriptures day by day.
Come to the Scripture personally—as one of God’s children, eager to receive his forgiveness and relish his love! Spend a few moments every day with Jesus in his Word. Invite him to wrap his arms around you and give you peace. Ask him to recalibrate your direction to match the true north of his heart.
God understands what we need. He promises to answer our prayers. He works in us, making a real and lasting difference in the world through us. He will do that in ways that are the very best for us and for those we serve in the name of his Son. Watch him work as you serve today!
Editor’s note: Today’s devotion is from CTA’s journal for celebrating volunteers Making a Difference . . . Inspiring Lives.
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