Editor’s note: Today’s devotion comes from CTA’s staff and volunteer appreciation book With Heartfelt Thanks. With 64 pages of devotions, inspirational stories, and Bible-based encouragement, this book aims to honor each person who contributes to God’s ministry. We encourage you to share it and other With Heartfelt Thanks appreciation gifts with your teachers, coaches, office staff, and other faithful servants this summer.

They called him “Mr. Pronunciation.” Some people knew that his real name was Frank. He earned his nickname the first time he volunteered to read aloud in worship service. The text was from the Gospel of Matthew, and it was full of names that were impossible to pronounce: Zerah, Hezron, Amminadab, Abijah, Asaph.

And Frank—a.k.a. “Mr. Pronunciation”—spoke every name perfectly. No stuttering or second-guessing. No false starts or foibles. From then on, Frank began to study other difficult biblical names. He would practice them, memorize how to say them, and learn what they meant. He enjoyed being assigned the difficult Bible readings for worship service. Before long, Frank’s pastor was calling on him at Bible study to help with tricky biblical names.

Not everyone has an interest in pronouncing difficult biblical names. And not everyone wants to read aloud in the worship service.

But God has given you unique passions and talents. He wants you to use these to serve others. Is your interest extremely specialized or obscure? No matter. God will find a way to use you in his kingdom. Maybe at church. Maybe at work. Maybe in the community. Wherever you serve others, you are serving the Lord Jesus.

When you use God’s gifts to serve others, you make a melody to the Lord. Your service may not sound melodious. It may sound instead like a Bible reading in worship, a phone call to a shut-in member, or a pleasant conversation with a visitor at the church door.

But all heaven rings with the melody of your service!


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