‘It is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.’ Philippians 2:13 NIV
As you travel through life on your spiritual journey, here are two important tips to remember:
(1) With God no experience is ever wasted. That includes the painful and difficult ones. We may impress people with our strengths, but we often connect with them best through our struggles. If you want to motivate someone, don’t just tell them about all you’ve accomplished, talk about the tests and trials you went through to get there. If you don’t, you may seem beyond their reach. Indeed, some of the experiences you’re reluctant to share may be the very things that will cause them to think, ‘If God could do that for you, then He can do it for me too.’ In other words, you’ll give them hope.
(2) To succeed in God’s kingdom, you must serve others. Look at Joseph. He used his talent, fame, and fortune to feed the world during a time of famine; his reward came afterwards. When your goal is to meet other people’s needs you’ll always be rewarded, and you’ll always have a future. Jesus didn’t tell Peter to go out and gather a crowd together just so he’d have someone to preach to. No. He simply said, ‘Feed My sheep.’ (John 21:16 KJV)
Pastor, if too many church pews are empty on Sunday morning, do more than blame the people. Ask yourself, ‘How’s the food? How’s the service?’ As long as there’s a spiritual hunger that nobody else is satisfying, you have a future and a ministry. As you consider these two tips for travellers, pray and ask God to make them part of your life.
SoulFood: Job 5–7, Lk 1:11–18, Ps 105:37–45, Ecc 7:9–12
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023