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The Believer's Highest Honor

( [email protected] ) Aug 20, 2005 07:35 AM EDT

By Charles Stanley

John 12:24-26

A tremendous contrast exists between what the Word teaches and what the world promotes. Nonbelievers treasure power, leadership, and ambition, but for the Christian, service is a high honor.

People have the mistaken idea that God calls only super-spiritual believers into preaching, missions, or other "official" church work. But all of us are servants of the Lord, charged with accomplishing His plan for our life. He places us in situations, vocations, and neighborhoods where we can have an impact. Think about the stay-at-home mom who raises godly children, or a bedridden man who prays regularly for his church family. Neither responsibility involves worldly power or recognition, but God honors such faithfulness.

There are no unimportant positions in the kingdom of God. Our point of service may change with the seasons of our life, but we are always on duty for Him.

Some believers waste their years instead of submitting. Either they never realize the Lord has a purpose for them, or they use excuses to avoid the work He calls them to do. Poor education, ill health, age, and lack of time cannot keep us from service if we are committed to Him. He uses whatever skills and gifts we have and provides the strength we need to be salt and light. We have an awesome privilege to be part of the divine labor taking place on earth. God doesn't need our help, but He wants to incorporate our small contribution into His master plan. When we are obedient in serving, He honors us with the title "good and faithful servant."

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