SATURDAY 11TH AUG., 2018
WORD FOCUS: THE WORK OF THE BELIEVER
Romans 12:5-7 “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait
on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;…”
The world’s definition of success differs greatly from God’s. Take the role of a pastor, for example–it would be easy to accept accolades for church growth, as many people equate high attendance numbers with a minister’s effectiveness. Sincerely, the Lord desires that we obey and serve Him with humility. He becomes a useable tool in God’s hand that He might make known the riches of His grace. Whether we draw a crowd or not, success in God’s job can be measured when you let God have full sway in His work and not experience in the past or present like Joseph. He was filled with the Spirit of God because God was with him. This looks different for each believer. Some Christians have very visible jobs, so their efforts are public and obvious. Others serve Christ in quiet, less noticeable ways. God bestows upon His followers gifts tailored to each one’s ordained assignments. The Holy Spirit reveals our calling, and we’re to give our best effort. Of course, no matter what the task may be, the result will be worthless unless the Father breathes life into it. In other words, we are entrusted with God-appointed work. He assigns the duty, provides the skills, and causes growth. The Lord deserves all the glory. We are blessed simply to be a part of His plan.
As mere vessels that God uses, we should be thankful for anything He accomplishes through us. That is by giving Him all the credit, we need never feel defeated with disappointment. Rather, in spite of how things may appear, we trust Him to achieve His good purpose. Honor is misplaced unless it goes directly to the One who creates, sanctifies, and sustains. God created you for specific tasks to further His kingdom. He wants to use your life–and will allow you to watch His powerful hand at work. Listen for His leading, and praise Him for all He accomplishes. Beloved, meditate on this thought where would God best magnify His grace through your strength or weakness? (1Cor 12:9-10).
MEDITATION: Gen. 39:2
STUDY THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
RUTH 2/ACTS 27/JER.37/MARK 12
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