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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Giving Account"

October 19, 2006

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Each of us will give account of himself to God. Romans 14:12

All of us, whoever we are and whatever our station in life, will have to give an account of ourselves to God. That means that we will have to answer to God for our conduct as well as the use we have made of the time and the other things that He has given us.

This does not apply only to the rich or those who have received special talents. All of us have some possessions, gifts, and abilities that we can use in the service of God or our fellow human beings. How we do this is of concern to God. He requires us to give an account to Him of how we are using what we have.

Are we using those precious eyes, which He has given us to behold things that are good and beautiful, to read His holy Word? Are we using our ears to listen to Him and to respond to the cries of the needy? Are we using our mouths to witness to Christ, to speak words of kindness, to pray, and to praise? Are we using our hands to help and our feet to rescue the troubled? Are we sharing our blessings with the less fortunate? Are we following God's commandments?

PRAYER: Our loving Father, help us to remember that we must give account to You of how well we have done our duty in serving You. Grant us faithfulness always, using our gifts and talents to Your glory and to the welfare of our fellow human beings; for Jesus' sake. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Jeremiah 3-5    Acts 27:1-26

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