Today’s Scripture: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1¬†Corinthians¬†15:58

The Lord doesn’t ask about your ability, only your availability; and, if you prove your dependability, the Lord will increase your capability.

Sometimes, Christian service strikes a sour tone. We savor sweet, spiritual victories, but cringe at bitter trials, hardships, and failures. The bitter pills of Christian service tempt us to quit once and for all. But Christian, beware of being a ministry castaway!

The great violinist, Niccolo Paganini, willed his marvelous violin to the city of Genoa on condition that it must never be played. The wood of his instrument wears only slightly with frequent use, but when set aside, it decays. Today, Paganini’s lovely violin is worm-eaten and useless except as a relic.

Our unwillingness to serve destroys our capacity for usefulness. Does the overwhelming burden of ministry make you an unwilling servant? Is your position as song leader, choir director, youth pastor, or even senior pastor wearing you down? Maybe you do need a break-but don’t get too comfortable on the sidelines.

Our attitude towards ministry determines our usefulness. When we view the rigors of ministry as self-destructive, we shy away from ministry responsibility. But when we view these demands as necessary to keep us spiritually alert, we look for such responsibility wherever we can find it.

Through the years, you may discover as I have, frequent activity has kept you from spiritual decay. So get involved! Don’t hesitate! Find a ministry, and start serving. When trials come, don’t sit down; keep serving the Lord. Your activity is the key to victory!

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.