Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “That no flesh should glory in his presence.” (1 Cor. 1:29).
READ: 1 Corinthians 1:27-29
God hates discrimination among His people. Treat everybody equally and never be carried away by people’s outward appearance. Those who easily favour the rich above the poor will most likely miss Christ when He visits them. The Lord may come as a poor fellow and because they are looking out for the rich, they will maltreat Him. They will by their body language and condescending attitude say, ‘This church is not for poor people like you. As you sit down, do so at the edge of your seat. Do not stain our expensive chairs’. May you not miss His visitation! It is commonly said that big surprises come in small packages. Never look down on that brother or sister that appears less fortunate. God has no useless child. Every child of God is useful, but it is just that some do not yet know their place of usefulness. The one you look down upon today may surprise you tomorrow.
In 1 Samuel 17:42-51, Goliath saw David as a small boy and laughed, but a few minutes later, the ‘small boy’ was standing over his corpse with his head severed from his body. In the Early Church, God used young deacons such as Stephen and Philip to do great and mighty works. No wonder 1 Corinthians 1:27 says God uses foolish, weak and little things to surprise the wise and mighty. Never look down on those you consider to be weak. They may be weak or limited in a sense but they have a surprise package for you. When we wanted to move into our first house on camp in 1988, we had no money for windows. We needed N500. As we were to have a School of Discipleship meeting, I felt tempted to share the challenge with them. If I had done so, they would have contributed towards this but I had resolved never to beg. So I asked them to pray that God should give me my desired miracle. One Sunday morning, a little girl came into my office and said the money she was saving to travel abroad, God asked her to give it to me. I received it, blessed her and she left. It was the N500 I needed. I did not see the girl over a period of time after that. But one day, I saw her on her way from London and I asked how she was able to travel. She said after she gave me the money, her friend’s parent wanted to send her friend abroad for summer holidays. But the friend refused to go except she went with her, and that was how she was sponsored. God can use those who have not, to meet the needs of those who have.
Father, grant me the grace to see what You have deposited in others and help me to assist them.
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