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No Prestige Needed

Read 1 Samuel 17: 41-50 David and Goliath

The Philistine came on and drew near to David, with his shield-bearer in front of him. When the Philistine looked and saw David, he distained him, for he was only a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance.

1 Samuel 17: 41-42 (NRSV)

Geo PicKell lives in North Dakota. When she meets new people, they are rarely impressed when she tells them that she works as a cleaning lady in a nursing home. Evidently, making beds and moping floors doesn't sound like an exciting mission field for Christ. Nevertheless, manual labor is what God has called her to do. Over the years, Geo has come to understand three important things: Her workplace is filled with lonely people, lonely people love talking to the janitor, and proclaiming the power of Christ does not require an elevated platform.

In 1 Samuel, we learn that David was a shepherd. Because David's job wasn't prestigious and he was young and inexperienced, Goliath had nothing but disdain for him. However, once on the battlefield, the young man who loved his lambs was able to knock out the giant with a single, well-aimed stone. David's story teaches us that no matter who we are or what we do, we should not disregard the importance of God's calling for us.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for calling us to serve you. When we feel timid, help us feel your hand guiding us, empowering us to battle giants and succeed in your purposes. Fill us with your Spirit, and enable us to bring glory to you, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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