Today’s Bible reading is Acts chapter 14
(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)
Someone said, “God isn’t looking for ability, but availability.” Paul and Barnabas made themselves available to the Lord. Paul and Barnabas were on the front lines of mission work. They encountered many different responses to the Gospel and experienced many hardships. God greatly blessed them and gave them a bountiful harvest. Paul and Barnabas suffered faithfully for the Lord Jesus. The faithfulness of these missionaries was blessed by God and souls were saved, churches were planted, and the Gospel advanced. Corrie ten Boom also suffered for the sake of the Gospel. She was placed in a concentration camp in Germany in 1944. The fleas were so bad that the guards would not check on the prisoners. This allowed Corrie and the other prisoners to study God’s Word. Corrie even thanked God for the fleas. God spared her life and she traveled all over the world telling her story until she died at age ninety-one. Corrie ten Boom said, “When we are obedient, God guides our steps and our stops.” She also said, “Do not hold tightly your possessions; hold them loosely, that way when God takes them out of your hand it will not be so painful.” We learn three great lessons from these missionaries: (1) Be available for God to use you (2) Be willing to suffer for the sake of the Gospel, and (3) Be faithful to what God has called you to do.
Prayer: “Dear Father, we are willing to go wherever You send. Make a way for us to go and use us for Your glory. In Jesus name. Amen.”
Randy J. McPheron