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All-encompassing

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We are each called to ministry in one form or another.  Although we tend to think of ministry as something that’s done inside a church, in reality it encompasses everything we do all week long, no matter where we are.  In God’s eyes, there’s no division between sacred and secular activities.

Each of us has been created and fitted by God to fulfill the particular ministry He’s chosen specifically for us.

Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch devotional, January 30, 2017.

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All the same

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We are all on the same level at the cross and saved by the same grace and blood of Jesus.   As we humbly admit our sinful, helpless condition and call on the Lord to save us, He forgives our sin and irrevocably adopts us into His family.  And just as we humble ourselves to receive Christ’s salvation by faith, we must also serve Him with humility of mind.

Being a servant of Christ requires that we submit to His leadership, regarding what we’re to do, how we’re to carry out His will, and where He would have us serve.  There is no room for self-seeking or self-promotion; our only concern should be obedience, with the aim that God alone gets the glory.

Sometimes we become preoccupied with finding our purpose in life so we can gain a sense of usefulness and self-fulfillment.  Although we do benefit from serving the Lord according to the way He’s gifted and designed us, that should not be our motive.  A humble spirit doesn’t look out for its own interests but instead thinks of others (Philippians 2:3-8).  This is the attitude Christ had.  He willingly left heaven to take on human form in order to go to the cross – that was a selfless act of obedience to the Father so we could be saved.

Are you willing to serve the Lord in obscurity?  What if no expressions of gratitude or praise come your way?  Do you cheerfully do lowly tasks?  It’s not always easy to evaluate our motives, but asking ourselves these questions will help us determine whether we’re truly serving in humility or seeking our own interests.

Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch devotional, February 3, 2018.

Serve with humility

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“True service is not something we do for the Lord, but something He does through us.  By regarding service [this way], we can have confidence – not in ourselves and our abilities, but in God, who makes us adequate for whatever He gives us to do.”

Charles Stanley

Repel

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To live this life effectively, we must keep our eyes on Jesus.  We stumble when we look away from Him and at ourselves or the circumstances surrounding us.  We are running Christ’s race, not our own, and we must always keep Him in sight.

Commentary from The One Year NIV Devotional New Testament, October 27.  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2003.

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The windstorm comes from its chamber,

and the cold from the driving north winds.

Ice is formed by the breath of God,

and watery expanses are frozen.

He saturates clouds with moisture;

He scatters His lightning through them.

They swirl about,

turning round and round at His direction,

accomplishing everything He commands them

over the surface of the inhabited world.

Job 37:9-12