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May You Be Glorified
12/18/2017

If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:11 (NIV)

I’m sure you’ve had many people ask you, “What do you do for a living?”  And as much as we may want to be proud of what we do, I think its more important for us to focus on how we do these things. For example, we should be able to say with confidence that God is glorified by the way we do our jobs at work.  We should be able to say that God is praised through Jesus by the way we treat and serve others.

Each of us has been given varying gifts by God, and He has given us these unique gifts so we can serve others in love, as if we were serving the Lord Himself. The biblical principle is that each and every one of us, can, and should minister in various ways. The Holy Spirit can take our “natural” talents and abilities and redirect them for Christ.  As we use these gifts in His power, others will see how truly glorious God is, and will be drawn to Him through our loving service. 

It is important to remember, as Christians, we must be dependent upon God’s power when serving others, because in doing this we won’t burn out, or check out.  We must continually remember the single reason we serve others in love is to glorify God.  As we do this it will keep us from trying to take the glory for the good we have done, or from being jealous when we hear someone else being praised.  

Another benefit from serving in the power of God is that we do not have to continue to strive for that perfection that so often happens to those walking after the flesh.  What I mean is simply this. Give whomever you serve, or whatever jobs you’re doing your very best effort, and then commit the rest to God.  You will find that you have a great peace that you would otherwise not have.  You won’t get caught up worrying like those who suffer from being a perfectionist do. You won’t go home saying, “Why didn’t I say this?  Why didn’t I do that?  Did I do the right thing?” You’ll just let it go, knowing that you have done your best.  

Let me encourage you today to do everything as unto the Lord (Col. 3:17, 23; 1 Cor. 10:31), and allow Him to guide you and empower you in everything you say and do for others.  May it glorify His mighty name, and may it draw others to the kingdom by the grace that He is displaying through you unto them. This is how and why we serve.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Peter 4:11, how are we to speak and serve others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to serve others so that God may be glorified by it?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Want to start a new job today working for the Lord?  If you’re willing to consider others more important than you, and if you can trust that God has a perfect plan in this, then you’re hired.  You can start right now.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for giving me the gifts and abilities that You have blessed me with. I give you all the glory for everything good that is being done through me  — those things that will bring honor and praise to Your name.  Help me to serve others today, and I pray that You would empower me to do whatever it is that You have called me to do.  In Jesus' precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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