Be eager for gifts: 1 Corinthians 14.1 VOTD

“Pursue love and be eager for the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.”

1 Corinthians 14.1

When miraculous gifts were available, Paul preferred prophesy over speaking in tongues, because it provided “strengthening, encouragement, and consolation” to the whole church, vv. 3-4. Love guided the choice and use of gifts.

What spiritual gifts may you pursue in love that will be of the greatest benefit to others?

#love #service #VOTD

Eighty-three: Exodus 7.7 VOTD

“Now Moses was eighty years old and Aaron was eighty-three years old when they spoke to Pharaoh.”

Exodus 7.7

Aaron was Moses’ older brother. Moses was the great deliverer of God’s people. With some character flaws, Aaron was passed over, but still used by God as high priest. With one exception, when he followed Miriam in her complaint against Moses, he seemed to have accepted his role.

Let us not be discontent that we have not been chosen for a greater role. What can we do to accept the calling that God has extended to us?

#humility #service

Don’t need to go: Matthew 14.16 VOTD

“But he replied, ‘They don’t need to go. You give them something to eat.'”

Matthew 14.16

The disciples wanted to send away the crowd, since it was late. Jesus saw a need and an opportunity to serve.

Jesus took time for people. He never sent them away empty-handed. He served their needs and taught them about God.

#service #VOTD

Two masters: Luke 16.13 VOTD

“No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Luke 16.13

Loving God will cause a disciple to be faithful in the use of money, vv. 10-12. But those who love money will scoff at Jesus’ words and justify themselves, vv. 14-15.

How do people try to serve two masters at once?

#love #money #service #VOTD

The home of the brave

Read the entire article about these American military veterans who received the Medal of Honor. Their stories are inspiring, even though one may not be a militarist or fan of war.

Such stories recall the courage needed by the inducted soldiers in the Kingdom of God. “Stay alert, stand firm in the faith, show courage, be strong” 1 Cor 16.13. You may know some spiritual warriors who show these traits. Under the fire of the enemy, they are not ashamed of their Lord, Lk 9.26.

The author of the article cited above claims that brave soldiers have become strangers in our midst. No doubt, such estrangement is true as well of the church, which ought to be called the home of the brave. Many, also, look upon Christ’s workers who sacrifice themselves in the trenches as victims rather than heroic warriors.

Continue reading

#service, #spiritual-warfare

Good for me, good for you?

Some things one does for one’s own spiritual benefit, as is right and necessary. If by chance those things benefit others, as they often will, so much the better. Growth in the Spirit is not a lonely nor selfish proposition. Of course, one must take care that such benefit does not become the end-all and do-all of ministry. There is that service that is undertaken solely for the benefit and need of one’s neighbor. The overflow of my benefit to the other cannot be the main service provided for another. The additional blessing to others that comes from one’s own efforts toward growth can never substitute the teaching, evangelism, edification, and benevolence given to others. But when the additional blessing occurs, blessing indeed it can be.

#benefit, #ministry, #service, #spirituality

I Want a Church that Meets My Needs

By William Woodson — The statement made in the title is not only the desire of many in the religious world, but it is becoming the philosophy of many Christians, because many of us are seeking a religion that “meets my needs.” The phrase itself has virtually become a new religious term. Many persons praise or blame a particular congregation because it is or is not “meeting my needs.”

Let me hasten to say that if the phrase means that we need to satisfy spiritual hunger, then it is a good expression, for surely everyone ought to be in a Christian community where his/her deepest spiritual longings are being addressed. Continue reading

#church, #needs, #service