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Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

2 Corinthians 11:6-7

"I may not be a trained speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way. Was it a sin for me to lower myself in order to elevate you by preaching the gospel of God to you free of charge?"

I recall being on an elevator going down to the ground floor. The elevator stopped on the second floor and a nurse stepped in. I was standing beside the floor buttons so she said; "Third floor please." I laughed and said, “I'm sorry but the elevator is going down." Without missing a beat she replied, "Well, I will just go along for the ride!"

Life is often like that. You have your plans all made to go in one direction, when you suddenly find yourself traveling in the opposite way. You have two choices; (1) You can either go along for the ride and be used where the Lord leads or (2) You can get off and wring your hands in frustration because you want to go in your own direction and do things your own way.

I know that this is a drastic over simplification, but I hope you capture some thread of meaning that will apply to your present situation.

Paul freely admits his lack of training as a speaker. That may or may not be --- but he was mightily used by God to proclaim the truth through the letters he wrote. His evangelistic fervor elevated people to higher levels. The lost were saved and the weak were made strong in the faith. He may have felt that he was being moved in the wrong direction, but it was to elevate others.

It is not our ability that makes the difference, but our availability. Our ability is quite often a handicap when it comes to serving the Lord. Why? Because we will tend to rely on that ability instead of allowing Him to flow though us.

As I prepare these daily "epistles", my constant prayer is that perhaps one of you may be elevated and may come to rely more and more upon the Lord. The hours each day that have been required have not been a drag, but a blessing. Many of you have graciously written to share how a particular Daily-E-Votional was just what you needed to make it through a difficult time. It is God who is responsible. I simply push the keys.

My challenge to each of us is that we will recognize that we are called to be elevator operators. We are not to take people down, but to elevate them to higher levels of spiritual growth than ever before!

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today. Trust Him completely and become a real blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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