I Am Called to be Faithful


"The Lord rewards every man for his righteousness and faithfulness. The Lord delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the Lord's anointed." - 1 Samuel 26:23

In 1952 Mother Teresa began the work for which the Missionaries of Charity have been known since. Her order received permission from Calcutta officials to use a portion of the abandoned temple to the goddess Kali, the Hindu goddess of death and destruction. Here Mother Teresa founded the Kalighat Home for the Dying. She and her fellow nuns began gathering dying Indians off the streets of Calcutta and brought them to this home to care for them during the days before they died.

In 1974, Mark Hatfield was touring Calcutta with Mother Teresa and visited the "House of Dying." He saw sick children were being cared for, and the dispensary, where the poor line up by the hundreds to receive medical attention. Watching Mother Teresa minister to these people, feeding and nursing those left by others to die, Hatfield was overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the suffering she and her co-workers face daily.

"How can you bear the load without being crushed by it?" He asked.

Mother Teresa replied, "My dear Senator, I am not called to be successful, I am called to be faithful."

Are you being faithful to what the Lord has called you to do? Today in prayer, thank Christ for the work He has called you to do and seek to serve Him faithfully.

"Don't waste your time waiting and longing for large opportunities which may never come. But faithfully handle the little things that are always claiming your attention." - F. B. Meyer

God's Word: "Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart." - Proverbs 3:3

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2002, Devotional E-Mail DEVOTIONS IN 1&2 SAMUEL, 1&2 KINGS, AND 1&2 CHRONICLES pkennedy@devotional.com

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