Our Daily Bread Devotional, June 12, 2017 - Nothing Is Useless-Flatimes

Monday, 12 June 2017

Our Daily Bread Devotional, June 12, 2017 - Nothing Is Useless

Topic: Nothing Is Useless [Monday June 12, 2017]

Read: 1 Corinthians 15:42–58, Bible in a Year: Ezra 3–5; John 20

Nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. 1 Corinthians 15:58 nlt

In my third year battling discouragement and depression caused by limited mobility and chronic pain, I confided to a friend, “My body’s falling apart. I feel like I have nothing of value to offer God or anyone else.”

Her hand rested on mine. “Would you say it doesn’t make a difference when I greet you with a smile or listen to you? Would you tell me it’s worthless when I pray for you or offer a kind word?”

Do what you can with what you have and leave the results to God.
I settled into my recliner. “Of course not.”

She frowned. “Then why are you telling yourself those lies? You do all those things for me and for others.”

I thanked God for reminding me that nothing we do for Him is useless.

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul assures us that our bodies may be weak now but they will be “raised in power” (v. 43). Because God promises we’ll be resurrected through Christ, we can trust Him to use every offering, every small effort done for Him, to make a difference in His kingdom (v. 58).

Even when we’re physically limited, a smile, a word of encouragement, a prayer, or a display of faith during our trial can be used to minister to the diverse and interdependent body of Christ. When we serve the Lord, no job or act of love is too menial to matter.

Prayer: Jesus, thank You for valuing us and using us to build up others.

Do what you can with what you have and leave the results to God.


What small act of service can you perform today out of love for God?

This message was written By Xochitl Dixon [Our Daily Bread Ministries.]

1 comment:

  1. This comment is for Xochitl Dixon. When I read your lesson in Our Daily Bread, I was moved to tears, since I have been struggling for about 3 years or more with one physical difficulty after another. Now my getting out to be with friends is limited. I just had skin cancer surgery on my leg and all during this time, I've had problems with some kind of other problem that makes me feel sort of dizzy and shaky all over. In the past few years I've had one surgery after another. Yes, sometimes I do feel useless. The Scripture verses you picked for today, June 12, 2017 are perfect! 1 Cor. 15:42-58. I had to read them a couple times to let their full meaning sink in.

    Two of the only ways I can communicate with my friends, sharing God's love is my daily posting of what I call a Pictorial Essay on fb. The other way is by sharing God's love on this site in many of my posts. Those are the only ways that help me feel useful to others until I can get out socially with my friends. When I go out to doctor's appointments and errands, I smile at everyone I can and thank cashiers in the stores where I shop.

    Thank you for awakening a sense of usefulness in me. I enjoy your readings. Many Blessings to you and your family.