Daily Devotionals

Building at COMPASS

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Scripture: “The gifts that He gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” – Ephesians 4:11-12


Last week I got the opportunity to help Pastor Nick and some other great leaders run COMPASS camp for the church’s high school youth. Our main project at COMPASS was to help refurbish three homes around Columbia with HomeWorks. At the end of each day, my fellow interns and I would lead the group in a devotion that we had prepared. The theme for the week was “building,” and we talked about building relationships with Christ, the community, and each other all while relating the discussions back to our physical building project with HomeWorks. 


The best part of the week for me came during our last small group discussion following our devotion. My group talked about our favorite parts of the week, and almost everyone in my group said that they loved how fun it was to meet and grow close to one another through our work. This made me feel great because, to me, it meant that they had really taken to heart what we had been discussing in our devotions all week. Despite the fact that they had all come from different backgrounds and may have never met before, they still enjoyed working together to do good for our community while building relationships at the same time. 


I love today’s scripture verses because of the way they directly address how God made us all to be unique but still made us to achieve a common goal. This verse reminds me of the way that my group at COMPASS came together and worked as a team despite their differences. I often look to this verse as a reminder to put my differences aside with others because I know that we are all children of God. 


Prayer: Lord, thank you for giving us the time and ability to do your work on Earth by serving others. I thank you for giving me a sense of community in the church and allowing me to form relationships that honor you. Thank you for all the children in the church and please continue to bless them as they grow older and learn more about you. Amen. 


Submitted by Marshall Douglas, E2 Intern