Serving God: Excellence In Knowledge

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 four in the fifth 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.

Serving God:
Excellence In Knowledge

Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position.  But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
2 Peter 3:17-18 (NIV)

How much do you know about God?  How well do you know God?  What is the difference?  How is knowing about those you serve different than knowing those you serve?  What value does each of those forms of knowledge have in serving?  How much effort do you put into growing in the knowledge that will help you serve?  Do you know people who have excelled in knowledge?  Why do you think they have?

It is good to know people who excel in knowledge.  It is even better to be one.  Information is good, but knowing what to do with the information at hand is even better.  Serving well requires that you excel in many things, but nothing is more important than excelling in your knowledge of God.  While that must come first, serving well also requires that we excel in a knowledge of those we serve.  It is through a desire to be like Christ, and to know what that looks like, that we learn to serve with an excellence of knowledge.

As you pray, ask God to fill you with an overwhelming desire to know Him.  Pray that you would use your knowledge of God to help you serve in all that you do.  Pray that you would take the time to grow in knowledge of those you serve.

In prayer,

Tom

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