Devotional 11/3

Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:12‬

God’s Grace through Christ is greater, than our sin even on our worst day.

Jerry Bridges

The word says in Ephesians 2:10, that God has already predestined good works for us. We are simply the instruments He used to bring these about. We have been chosen by God: but grace, not because we earned it. We have received undeserved love and favor, and it has nothing to do with our goodness or good works. It is in our best interest to submit our strength, creativity and energy to God… because He will bless many through our disposition.

We are imperfect and God is holy, but He does a sanctifying work in us as we grow in Him. He literally raises us. The moment we are born again, we become spiritual infants. Infants are fed, embraced and baby’s. But eventually infants learn to walk, and feed themselves becoming toddlers. They grow into school children, adolescents, young adults and maturing adults.

  • Infants: are drunk in the love of God
  • Toddlers : learn a few scriptures and think they are ready to run the church
  • School children: begin to make friends in school, disrespect teachers, become teachers pets, become bullies, etc.
  • Adolescents: become rebellious, think they know it all, become lazy towards school work, think about hanging out all the time, etc.
  • Young adults: search for meaning, wonder what they will become when they ‘grow up’, begin to plan for adulthood, etc.
  • Adults: learn to exchange information or services for livelihood(work), begin families, begin inventing or business ordeals, become indecent, etc.

As long as we serve Christ, we have the responsibility to serve but we must also continue to be disciples. We must constantly grow in the word and be consistent in our prayer life. We must be in submission to all authority, and be of service to any task God may have set apart for us.

God has given us work to do here on earth, and by all means may we pursue it! Serving God and serving man is very thin. If we are not careful, life has a way of becoming a burden. Ecclesiastes 10 says that God wants us to enjoy life too, He knows that we get tired of all the work under the sun.

When we neglect to enjoy life, even in Christianity, servitude can become a burden in itself. After speaking with different church leaders, I have found that it is common for church members to become slaves of man, and not slaves of Christ. I even came across one lady who was a psychologist, and spent some time without congregating because she needed to find a church where she could be ‘a disciple’ again.

The Lord has begun a good work in us, and He promises to complete that work when the Lord Jesus returns. May the Lord find us working in edifying His church when He returns!

Let’s pray:

Father God, I pray Lord that each believer you have called and assigned to ministry be a person of balance. May we learn to say yes and when to say no, may we learn to enjoy this life: it is the only life we will live before our eternal life. I pray this simple prayer in Jesus name. Amen.

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