I Can Serve
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:16-20 (NRSV)
Patti Young lives in Texas. Several months ago, her 49-year-old nephew passed away after years of dealing with a debilitating disease. Patti, along with so many others, drew strength from his testimonies about faith, hope, and peace. He was an example of how blessed we are to love and be loved by God, who bears all our burdens.
In Matthew 28:19 Jesus tells us, "Go and make disciples of all nations." We are the hands and feet of Christ. Our testimony allows others to learn about the love and eternal life Christ offers.
Patti sees so many problems in the world, and she often feels ill-equipped to help alleviate others' burdens or provide comfort to them. Then she remembers her nephew, who served God by starting a street ministry traveling in his wheelchair. Christ's strength is in all of us - the gift of the Holy Spirit. So let us all do our best to share the comfort and love of Christ with those around us.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, help us to serve you by sharing scriptures and examples of hope and comfort. Give us the strength to share our faith, in Jesus' name. Amen.