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Are You Missing God?
Theme of the Week: Change Your Life Through Service
Friday, August 22, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: "Then the King will say, 'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.'" (Matthew 25:40, The Message)

Dig Deeper: Matthew 25:31-46

A knock on my office door one Sunday morning was followed by the entrance of a man I had come to know during my time as interim pastor of a congregation near my home.

"Can we talk a minute?" he asked. "I need your help."

"Of course," I replied, wondering what might be the problem. Curiously, he began with a litany of his service to the church—serving on committees, giving leadership as an elder, teaching adult Bible classes. The list went on and on. Despite having done all these things for years, he said, "I'm missing something somewhere."

"Could it be God that you're missing?" I responded. I then pointed out that not one time in his description of his church life had he mentioned God or Jesus. My observation shocked him, but he quickly admitted that he didn't feel close to God. And that's really what he was after.

Mother Teresa [spoke] of seeing the face of God in the faces of the poor of Calcutta. But you don't have to go to India to see him. You will find God in hospital emergency rooms, school cafeterias, homeless shelters, battered women's homes, soup kitchen lines, the unemployment office, bus stops—wherever people are hurting.

—Reggie McNeal in Get Off Your Donkey

My Response: I will read today's Dig Deeper and reflect on what it means for me to see Jesus in the "overlooked or ignored."

Thought to Apply: None of us can help everyone. But all of us can help someone. And when we help them, we serve Jesus.—Max Lucado (pastor, writer)

Adapted from Get Off Your Donkey by Reggie McNeal (Baker, 2013; bakerpublishinggroup.com) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Lord Jesus, help me to see serving others not as a "Christian obligation" but as an exciting path to a truly fulfilling life.

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Curt Schleicher

August 22, 2014  9:29am

i am not expected to save the world. That was, and still is, Jesus' duty. i must be on the lookout for people to assist along my journey. Diligently, with eyes and ears wide open i must pursue each person with Jesus' help alongside me to show them his love & mercy, just the same as showed it to me. Jesus, today, help me to help others, whom you bring me in contact with today. In Christ's name i truly lift this prayer. Amen.

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