It is my prayer that every Christian recognizes the importance of serving God through the way we serve others. There are few things, if any, that are as emotionally exhilarating, and draining, as the task of serving others. Having worked in a variety of ministry settings, including various roles within Christian camp ministry, I understand the excitement that often comes with the beginning of a new ministry or ministry season. I also understand the weariness than can develop when our focus begins to drift away from the ministry of serving and onto ourselves.
This is day three in the first week of devotions from the book, “Serving God: Devotions for Active Worship”. This devotional book is laid out in thirteen weeks of daily devotions with each week wrapped around an aspect of how we can serve others. Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God to see how serving others is an act of worship.
Serve By Equipping
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
What makes you able to do the things you are good at? Who invested their time and knowledge into equipping you to do the works of service your job calls for? Do you think it would have been faster or easier for them to do things themselves rather than training you? Why? Why is it important to involve God’s Word in making sure you, and others, are thoroughly equipped? How will you use God’s Word this week in helping to equip the people around you?
It is usually easier to do the things I know how to do myself than to make the effort to equip someone else. Unfortunately, if I maintain such a short-sighted view there may be no one to do my current tasks when I am no longer able to do so. As Paul writes to Timothy, he advises him to use Scripture in a variety of ways in order to equip the person of God to accomplish every good work that is needed. As you pray, ask God to give you the wisdom and patience to be involved in equipping others to join you in the works of service that you are called to. Pray that you would be a student of God’s Word so that you would be equipped, and be able to equip others, for every good work.