Devotion: Unlike other leaders in India in the 1940's, V.P. Menon didn't have a fancy degree from a fancy university. He wasn't from a well-to-do or respected family. the oldest of thirteen children, he had to quit school at age thirteen to work in coal mines and factories. As a young man, he went to Delhi to get a government job. On the way, everything he had-including his money and identification-was stolen at the railway station. In desperation, he went to an elderly man standing nearby, explained the situation, and asked for a loan of fifteen rupees to buy food until he could get a job. The man gave him the money. Menon asked for his address os he could repay the loan, but the main said Menon didn't owe the debt to him but owed any stranger in need. The help came from a stranger and should be repaid to a stranger. Menon never forgot his debt, and his life was marked by constant generosity to those in need. The day before he died, a beggar came to the family home asking for money to buy new sandals, Memon asked his daughter to take fifteen rupees out of his wallet to give to the man. It was his last conscious act. Memon served strangers selflessly, just as Abraham provided food for strangers.
Discussion: How did Abraham's incident affect him? What attitudes cause people to share as Menon, Abraham, and Sarah did? How do you need to become more like Abraham and Sarah? When have you served God by serving people you didn't know?
Activity: Do something for a stranger. Buy their fast food, coffee, or just give to someone in need. Ask that he or she repay it to another stranger in need.
Devotion from The Youth Bible, Genesis 18
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