Daily Devotional – Monday, December 13, 2021
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” (Hebrews 10:24, NLT)
I love the contagious nature of God-inspired kindness and generosity. A single act can have a similar effect to that of a stone thrown into the water, resulting in ripples that can stretch far and wide. In God’s Hands, our little random acts of kindness can have a far greater outcome than we could ever have guessed at the onset.
I am being given a front row seat to this principle on an almost daily basis through the work that is taking place in our church building these days. Our community outreach has high school students regularly coming to the church over their lunch hour—for some students, it has become the highlight of their day. We also have many people being blessed through our ‘Community Cupboard’ which provides clothing, food, and other needed items with no questions asked. Others, who are not a part of our congregation, are also getting involved—we have literally had strangers off the street offer supplies, finances and volunteer hours. The things that God is doing in our building are motivating others to acts of kindness of their own.
Even just today, I found myself giving an interview to one of our local papers. The reporter had been talking to one of our community members about our ‘Good Neighbour’ initiatives and wanted to know more. When we follow Jesus’ command to ‘treat others the way you want to be treated’ and are kind for kindness’ sake, the world notices…and sometimes they decide they want to be a part of something that they can’t explain, but they really appreciate.
Looking for a way to inspire others to acts of love and good works? Our own kindness can be a great motivator for others!
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!