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"Abide"

July 26, 2009

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Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21

Some of us have come to believe doing nothing is one of the great pleasures of life.

Doing nothing is something at which Melody Schick is very good. Not so very long ago, Melody, dressed as a rag doll, sat on a revolving platform in a Dallas shopping center.

Thousands of people gathered to watch Melody sit and do nothing.

For five hours and forty-three boring minutes Melody sat and did nothing. Then, at the end of that time, Melody rose, tried to smile, and left the platform as the proud possessor of the world's record for sitting still and doing nothing.

Now the purpose of this devotion is not to get you to start thinking, "I bet I could beat that record." Nor is it to encourage husbands and wives to say, "Melody is an amateur at doing nothing compared to my spouse."

Of course, such an observation may be right.

There are a lot of folks who work very hard at doing nothing -- even more who like to observe others doing nothing.

What a waste. Each of us has been given gifts from God -- gifts He wishes us to use for a purpose.

Now, it's possible that doing nothing may be Melody's gift. However, doing nothing is not the kind of life to which all of us should aspire. The Lord sent His Son to save us. Now, the Holy Spirit equips us to do His will, to work that which is pleasing in His sight.

Now, I don't know what that might mean for you, but I'm pretty sure the Lord has something for you to do today. May you do that something to the glory of Jesus Christ.


From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"



THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me to do Your work while there is time to do it. When a job needs to be done, and You have given me the talents to do it, may I tackle it willingly and joyfully. This I ask in the Name of Jesus who did everything so I might be saved. Amen.


In Christ I remain His servant and yours,


Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 96-98    Acts 17:1-15

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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