MY LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL
TUESDAY OCTOBER 12, 2021
Main Text: Isaiah 58:10 – ‘‘If you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness’’.
John 3:30 – “He must become greater; I must become less.”
True worship requires a vital relationship with God. He doesn’t want us acting pious when we have unforgiven sin in our hearts and perform sinful practices with our hands. More importantly even than correct worship and doctrine is genuine compassion for the poor, the helpless and the oppressed.
We cannot be saved by deeds of service without faith in Christ and faith lacks sincerity, if it doesn’t reach out to others. Fasting can be beneficial, spiritually and physically, but at its best it helps mostly the person doing it. God wants our service to go beyond our own personal growth, to acts of kindness, charity, justice and generosity. True fasting is more than what we don’t eat. It is pleasing God by applying His word to our society and neighbourhood.
God values unselfish service to others over empty spiritual ritual. In fact God exercises a two-way blessing on the selfless service of His children. First, He uses our willing acts of service to help/bless the oppressed and needy (Isaiah 58:70-10). Then God honours those engaged in such service by building or rebuilding our expectations as powerful positive forces in His Kingdom (verses 11-12).
WHAT IS THE VALUE OF THE SERVICES THAT YOU RENDER?
Prayer: Lord God, deepen our awareness to the benefits of our service to others, the church and our society in Jesus’ name.
BY BISHOP DR NGOZI DURUEKE (HE REIGNS CHAPEL INT’L)BY BISHOP NGOZI DURUEKE (HE REIGNS CHAPEL INTERNATIONAL) To send your testimony, write us: firstname.lastname@example.org.