Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Job 42:12-15

“The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. And he also had seven sons and three daughters. The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.”

From time to time someone who has not seen me for awhile will ask me how I am enjoying retirement. This is a natural question considering I have just celebrated my 75th birthday.

The truth is that my ministry has increased in the past five years and seems to be growing on a consistent basis. I have never experienced more strength for the task of ministering for the Lord than in these days.

Okay, that is enough of my testimony! The lesson today is about the matter of serving the Lord. All too often people work a lifetime aiming for retirement so they can do nothing. That is a sure indication that they have little if anything to live for.

I have been encouraged by speaking with a dear brother-in-Christ who lives in Florida. He and his family have devoted themselves to reach adults and juveniles in prison. They spend their own money to purchase Bibles and gospel materials to give to the prisoners.

Do you know the results of their ministry? Many men, women and juveniles have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and repented of their sins. They have broken the bondage of their addictions and are now living for Jesus.

To me, that is what it is all about. No such thing as retirement—just remaining faithful to do the work the Lord has placed before us. Just remember that little is much when God is in it! It may seem small to us, but what is the worth of a human soul?

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

— Pastor Cecil

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