THE QUILT

1 Peter 4:7-10

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17

Not only do you possess spiritual gifts, but you also have innate abilities that God transforms for use according to His purposes when you let Him do so. No matter who you are—old, young, rich, poor, or somewhere in between—God wants to use you to bless the lives of others.

In his book, The Quilt, T. Davis Bunn tells the fictional story of an elderly grandmother named Mary, who invests her life and energies into enriching those around her for the Lord. Now she is very old, with hands twisted by arthritis. Even though she is ready to be with the Lord anytime He calls her, she cannot shake the burning feeling that God wants her to do one more thing.

When she shares with her family and friends that she feels this last big work should be the making of a giant quilt, they are incredulous. How can a woman her age with useless hands do such a thing? Then Mary unfolds her real plan. She would oversee the making of the quilt and provide the pattern and materials. Any lady who wanted to help could come to her home and quietly assist, but everyone had to promise one thing: With every stitch she had to say a prayer of thanksgiving.

There was no way to measure the spiritual transformations int he lives of these women. The quilt became a living testimony of God at work.

Dear Lord, use me to bless the lives of others through my spiritual gifts and abilities.

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