Matthew 9:37-38 – Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." (NIV)
I notice that the light of day is failing; the days are becoming shorter. There is that certain chill in the air when evening approaches. Autumn is upon us, and the time for beginning a new church season is here.
Two years ago at this time of year, I did something I hadn't planned on doing: I joined the choir. It was something that I had put off for years, not really wishing to make a full commitment to be at all the practices and singing in all the services. One morning in church, the words reached out to me: "Have you got a gift that you can use to serve God, and are you doing it?"
I thought about this, and after the service was over, I approached the choir director and said, "I believe I have a gift that I should be using in our service of worship."
Our gifts are thankofferings that we can bring to the Lord, whether it is in song, playing an instrument, helping in the Sunday School, or being chairperson on a committee in the church. It is in giving that we receive and in doing that we reap the benefits from our Father in heaven.
We thank God for the gifts that He has given to each of us. We are blessed in so many ways.
Colossians 3:17 – And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (NIV)
Prayer: Dear Lord, we come to you with thankful hearts this day, asking that your blessings be upon us. May we use to your glory the gifts you have so graciously given us. Let us be truly thankful. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.