1 Thessalonians 5:24
Have you ever felt discouraged about trying to live the Christian life? If your efforts to make a difference in the world seem fruitless, a principle about following Christ could change your outlook.
The Lord served others in love, and His actions had tremendous impact in the world. How was He so effective? Scripture tells us that Jesus did not speak or act on His own initiative but, rather, depended upon His Father abiding in Him to do the work (John 14:10). And we are to follow His example.
Yet we often attempt to serve out of our own abilities, intelligence, and reasoning power. Even though we may pour great effort and long hours into ministry, these alone won't produce fruitfulness, because we'e not ministering as the Lord intended.
True service is commissioned, empowered, and blessed by God alone. It may be our hands that are working, but our Father is the One at work. And the glory belongs to Him, not us.
What comfort this should give us! The Lord is not looking for people who are extremely talented. He will use all who are willing to let His Spirit work through them. And we can be confident that He will provide all we need in order to do whatever He asks.
Who among us can serve the living God? Truthfully, no one can. Genuine service occurs only when we allow the Almighty to pour Himself through us; we are mere vessels. Even if the impact is not obvious to us, we know that God has achieved Hispurpose. And above all, He is glorified.
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