July 6, 2014

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Luke 12:32-40

She was only 18 years old when she accepted the call to go on a short term mission trip to Uganda. Three years later, this charismatic and articulate homecoming queen from Nashville, Tennessee, has made Uganda her home, is in the process of adopting thirteen children and has established a ministry that offers daily meals and Biblically centered education to hundreds of children. When those little eyes look at her, they hear Jesus’ words, “Do not be afraid, little flock,” and for that moment they feel safe.

Katie Davis is a modern-day story of true discipleship. In faith, she stepped out into a war-torn country where mothers die of aids, young girls are raped, men are forced to pick up arms, and children die of hunger. When I read Katie’s story I see an example of “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” I see how this young woman was “dressed and ready for service,” and I feel a deep yearning to be as authentic in my pastoral ministry as I can, laying aside the fears of meeting a financial budget and increasing membership statistics. I am reminded that I can make a difference right where I am.

How about you?

Prayer: Almighty God and Father, thank you for calling us to daily discipleship and placing in our lives faithful examples. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Heidi Punt,
Pastor of Christ United Lutheran Church in Granite Falls, NC.

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One Response to July 6, 2014

  1. Danny Ward says:

    Being “dressed for service” should be a mantra of sorts to all Christians. We started on a short term missions trip in 2003 and now have a very large mission feeding over 5000 cups of lugaw (a rice porridge) each week. Worrying about budget is something we worry about (let’s say concerned) every week. We don’t want to step backwards in ministry, only forge ahead.

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