God, the Great Cheese Maker

Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Author: Jennifer Oxley (Washington, US)
Thursday 5 August 2021 © The Upper Room.

I am often stressed out by the enormity of the world’s problems—hunger, war, human rights abuse— and my inability to do anything to help. I do try. I volunteer for a few hours, and I give some money to charity, but my efforts feel so small. I wish I could do more. I wish I could solve the world’s problems.

I recently saw a story on TV about a man who raises sheep and makes cheese from their milk. It is painstaking work and needs a strong arm and lots of patience. The story got me thinking. For making cheese, the sheep produce the raw ingredient: milk. The cheese maker is the one who transforms the milk, creating a wonderful final product. Keeping the creamery running takes the milk of a lot of sheep, and each sheep is valued.

Believers are like those sheep. We can live faithful lives in our pasture and focus on making a simple raw ingredient: showing God’s love to the people around us. God is the master cheese maker who transforms our efforts into real change for the world.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to see that even though our efforts seem inconsequential, they are the raw materials you use to build up your kingdom. Amen

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I am so thrilled and excited about the BSL version of Deaf Missions Daily Devotions. I have their booklet and been using them for nearly a year. I have good command of English but still struggle with the concept of the context at times. What a difference it has made just watching someone signing the passage so clearly and of superior quality! I notice the USA are far more advanced with access to the Gospel in ASL but now you have made it possible for us. So many thanks for this! May it go from strength to strength. JJ