A Job We Can Do

Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding; and the demons begged Jesus to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.

When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in the country. Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. Those who had seen it told them how the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them; for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but Jesus sent him away, saying, "Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you." So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him. Luke 8:32-39 (NIV)

Thad H. Carter, from Texas, used to be afraid that he couldn't do what God expected of him. I have felt that way too. How about you? Thad had read about the work of the saints since the time of Jesus and knew he couldn't live up to their accomplishments. so he decided to take a closer look at Jesus' expectations of the people he encountered.

When Jesus healed people. he gave them a variety of instructions. To the paralyzed man, whose friends had lowered him down through the roof, he said, "Get up, take your mat and go home" (Luke 5:24). He told a man who had been possessed to "return home and tell how much God has done for you." Jesus told the ten lepers, "Go, show yourselves to the priests" (Luke 17:14). Jesus told his disciples to take up a cross and follow him and to "go and make disciples of all nations" (Matt. 28:19)

At some point Thad realized that while Jesus calls all of us to take up our cross and follow him and make disciples, we are not all called to do that in the same way. Perhaps one can start by simply helping and encouraging other people whenever the opportunity arises. Our call to serve God will not look like someone else's call. We can be glad that we can serve people in their times of need. God will help each of us to do the job that we are called to do.

Praise God that we are all different. it could be disastrous if everyone wanted to wash dishes but no one wanted to take out the garbage.

Prayer: Dear Father, bless those who are serving you this day, in Jesus' name, amen.

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