2 Corinthians 9:6-12 (NIV)

6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written: “He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” 10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.

Matthew 7:12 (NIV)

12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

DEVOTION – Glenn Gravelle (Colorado)

For a number of years now my priority for Monday afternoons has been to scrape plates at a downtown Denver church that serves food to the homeless and the needy.  Passing in front of me is a slow-moving line of people layered garments with soiled backpacks.  Many say nothing; some comment on the weather, and others offer thanks for the meal or to me for volunteering.

Recently an engaging man said, “I got a question.  Would you still do this if you won the lottery?”  I answered, “Absolutely!”

I guess I responded so quickly to his question because I feel that I have “won the lottery” in many ways.  Realizing that I have an abundance – of shelter, food, health, income and relationships-motivated me to give back to those laboring in poverty and related struggles.  Jesus didn’t avoid the poor but instead modeled a caring, embracing acceptance for us to emulate.  In modern times, Mother Teresa, among others, reminds us that while God won’t make us do good.  God certainly gives us the opportunity to help our neighbors.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Opportunities to serve are all around us.

PRAYER: Dear God, we know that you lay before us many opportunities for sharing your love with those in need.  May we always be ready to embrace your call to serve.  Amen.