Daily Devotional for Friday May 10, 2019


Acts 20:35 “In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (NASB)


It finally gave out. After years of working with it and working it hard, the saw had finally given out. The motor had nothing left to give, and it was time to replace it. I had been given my father-in-law’s circular saw when he had passed away. For years, I used it and each time it worked faithfully. Eventually, I wore it out. Today's verse speaks of working hard, helping the weak and remembering the words of Jesus that it is better to give than receive. I couldn't help but think how the saw had given and given until it was all used up. Then, I thought about the many volunteers that make a church run; the people behind the scenes if you will. Those who mop the floors, clean out the garbage, volunteer to run children's church, and the men who run Royal Rangers week after week. It occurred to me that sometimes, like the saw, we overuse them until they are just too tired to go on. We are all part of one family of Christ; so, if you're not helping somewhere in your church, someone is going to get tired. One day, they will wear out, grow tired and need a rest. Let's not let this happen and do our part - whether it's at our home, or place of work, even at our church. Remember it's more blessed to give than receive. I miss that old saw! 


TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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