Mother Teresa said of herself, “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.”
Her life is a model of sacrifice and service.  One of her favorite quotes was, “We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”

  Let’s look briefly at her life: MOTHER TERESA, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, was born on August 26, 1910 in Macedonia.  After her father’s death, when she was 8 years old, her mother raised her as a Roman Catholic. At 12 years of age, she was convinced that she should commit herself to a religious life.  She left home at age 18 to join the Sisters of Loreto as a missionary. She never again saw her mother or sister.  She served in Calcutta for almost twenty years as a teacher in the  convent school and in 1944, she was appointed headmistress. Although she enjoyed her duties in the convent, she became increasingly disturbed by the poverty surrounding her in Calcutta.  She began her missionary work with the poor in 1948. Teresa wrote in her diary that her first year was filled with difficulties. She had no income and had to resort to begging for food and supplies. She believed that the Lord wanted her to learn the poverty of the cross.  In October of 1950, she started an organization that became known as “Missionaries of Charity.”  It began as a small order with 13 members in Calcutta. By 1997 it had gown in care for the needy: to more than 4,000 nuns running orphanages, centers for Aids, hospices, and charity faculties worldwide.  The care extended to refugees, the blind, disabled, aged, alcoholics, the poor and homeless, and victims of floods, epidemics and famine.   On March 13, 1997, she stepped down from the head of “Missionaries of Charity.”  She died on September 5, 1997.

  President Ronald Reagan presented Mother Teresa with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony in 1985.  In 1990, a poll of Americans ranked her first in Gallup’s List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century.  

  I don’t believe that Mother Teresa cared much for the accolades, honor, applause, given her in this world.  Her life witnessed to the truth that she wanted only to be used by God.  She was used by God, serving Him, being His pencil, writing His message of love to the needy.

  Isn’t that what every Christian is to be?  We are God’s hands, feet, personality to a lost and dying world. Read what the Apostles Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:17-20: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God.”  

That’s it, we Christians are to be God’s pencil writing His love letter to mankind. 

4 Responses to “GOD’S PENCIL”

  1. Max , what a wonderful way to decribe what we as Christians should be, Like Jesue ! My prayer is that others can tell who I am in Christ and who I belong to. Thank you too , for studing and teaching the Bible class at Church I really enjoy your teachings, and I am sure others are blessed too. My prayer is that God will give you good health and continue to use you for His Glory !
    Love and Prayers, Joann

  2. A favorite poem on mine that fits with this devotional:

    You are writing a gospel,
    A chapter a day,
    By the deeds that you do,
    And the words that you say,
    People read what you say,
    Whether faithless or true,
    What is the gospel according to you?

    Author unknown.

  3. Max, another good devotional and reminder of trying to be what God wants us to be. Our sole purpose in life is to bring glory and honor to God, but we all do it in our own unique, individual ways. We must make a difference in our small corner of the world into which God has placed us. Many times, our occupations are our mission fields. We must be faithful.

  4. What a lovely thought: A PENCIL FOR CHRIST! God has created us “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”Eph.2:10. And to think that what is written here each week is one of God’s good works. So blessings to you Max for the thoughts penciled here each week. Blessings to those who get a word of encouragement for what is penciled here on the printed page. May more of you who read become a pencil for Christ.

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