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Lenten Devotional – Day 29 – Are You Listening?

Scripture Readings:  Exodus 4:10-20 , 27-31;   1 Corinthians 14;   Mark 9:30-41

Moses was a leader. He had already demonstrated his faith and character. He was already aware of the plight of his people in bondage in Egypt, and he had intervened. Yet when God communicated with him directly and told him what He wanted him to do, Moses said “not me, I am not qualified, I am not articulate enough.” In Exodus 4:10 his reply to God was, “O my Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor even now that you have spoken to your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”

God told him much like he told Job, “Who made you? Who gave you speech? I will give you the words. All I want you to do is have faith and trust in Me. It will be My words you speak.”

As God directed him Moses performed the acts to demonstrate his power. Together they chose Aaron to speak (the words of God) for Moses as he performed the signs and wonders God directed. Moses must have continuously been in awe of the amazing things he was able to accomplish with God’s help. Who knows what we could do if we listened, trusted, and acted on God’s guidance in our lives? Surely this is worthy of our prayerful reflection at this Lenten Season. All of us remember the times we have been operating way beyond our own capabilities when we knew God was with us as we did His will.

Then we are reminded in 1 Corinthians that God gives us all unique and special gifts and He expects us to use them. In 1 Corinthians 14:12 Paul tells the Corinthians to…. “strive to excel in them for the building up of the church.”

Developing our gifts and talents God has given us should never be a distraction to others or used only for our own selfish goals. Rather our gifts are to be used to build up others—to encourage and build up the Church (the body of Christ). Surely we can use this time at Lent to seek how we can use our unique gifts to build up the Church.

Christ had to remind even his disciples in Mark 9:35, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” He explained to them that no act of love, no simple kindness would go unnoticed. He reminded them that to be great in His Kingdom, they must seek and serve those in need. Lord Jesus:

Prayer:  We pray that we may remain close to you this Lenten Season. May we listen to your guidance in our lives and use all the gifts you have given us to love and serve others.




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