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Defined by Devotion

Updated: Dec 2, 2022

Richard Greenfield holding a 2005 Oliver Gospel Newsletter
Richard holding an issue of our newsletter from 2005, featuring a story of his work in the first 3 years at Oliver Gospel

A dictionary defines devotion as “love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, work, or activity.”

But what does devotion look like? It looks like Richard Greenfield. Richard’s retirement began last month after serving as the Men’s counselor for 20 years. He engaged countless men at their lowest points, walked them through their trials and pain, and watched them grow and be transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How was he able to keep going all those years? The answer is found in Matthew 11:28-30, where Jesus invites His followers to bring their burdens to Him and promises rest in return. We do not have to carry them by ourselves anymore.

“This is true for the gentlemen who come to Oliver Gospel, and for the staff as well. When I hear stories from our men of neglect, violence abuse, or racism…I turn them back over to the Lord, who is the only One who can carry this burden,” Richard said.

By casting these burdens on Jesus, Richard was filled with the rest and grace which only Jesus can give; and was filled with the strength and sustenance to continue serving the men at Oliver Gospel.

This is what devotion looks like. It looks like being faithful in our walk with Jesus every day. It looks like relying on God’s grace to strengthen you. It looks like trusting in the transformational power of Christ’s love. Richard’s devotion to Oliver Gospel and to Jesus Christ is a beautiful example of this.

As you walk with Jesus each day, and you begin to look more like him, trust that He will supply the strength to be wholly devoted, no matter the hardships that come your way.

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