Service

  1. Everything done in dependence of God will bear fruit for eternity.  This life need not be wasted.  In small and often unnoticed acts of service to Christ, we can invest this life in eternity, where today's faithfulness will forever pay rich dividends.   - Heaven, Chapter 43 - by Randy Alcorn.
  2. If we love God’s presence, we will not say, “The poor aren’t my responsibility.” We will help them. And those of us who lead should exert this influence. In our personalities and lifestyles, we should be life-enrichers, not life-depleters. - From location 952 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners  by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.
  3. Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.  Ecclesiastes 11:1.  When we share Christ with others and when we perform acts of compassion and kindness, we’re tossing our words and actions into the lives of others, and we can be sure there’ll be a ripple effect, even if we can’t see it.  When we serve Christ, we’re doing more good than we know, for God has promised that His Word will not return to Him void (Isiah 55:11).  Sometimes the Lord does let us see some of the fruit of our labors.  Knowing we need encouragement, He allows us to see the partial results of our words or work for Him.  The full results, however, can be seen only in heaven, and so we serve Him by faith, always abounding in the work, for we know that our labor in the Lord is not in vain.
    You’ll never be a failure if what you are doing is ultimately for the glory of God. - Rick Warren - From page 235 of Turning Points with God by David Jeremiah
  4.  Judges 3:31 - After him was Shamgar the son of Anath, who killed 600 of the Philistines with an ox goad, and he also saved Israel.  What did Shamgar do? This man—unknown, unlikely, and unsung—accomplished an incredible feat. He took on six hundred Philistines and whipped them singlehandedly—six hundred Philistines who so oppressed the people of Israel that men were afraid to travel on the highways, six hundred Philistines who virtually brought village life to a standstill. The Philistines were brutal oppressors, yet Shamgar killed six hundred of them with only an ox goad. Why did he use an ox goad? I believe it was because Shamgar was one who worked with oxen—a rancher, a herdsman. You see, the ox goad—a stick used to prod cattle—was a common instrument, easily accessible to anyone who worked with livestock. I point this out to remind you that the Lord delights in using whatever is in your hand in order to bring about His purposes through your life. God has gifted you with talents, given you abilities, placed within you certain desires and interests—and those are the very components He desires to utilize for the work of His kingdom through you. Truly, He will use whatever is in your hand. 
      -  God used a common, ordinary, everyday shepherd’s rod to accomplish His plan through Moses (Exodus 4).
      -  David grew up slinging stones against trees, fence posts, and any other target he could find as he watched his father’s flocks. So what did the Lord utilize in David’s life to slay a giant? A simple sling and a few stones (1 Samuel 17:49).
      -  I think of Peter and Andrew. What was in their hands when the Lord called them for service? They were casting fishing nets into the sea. Thus, Jesus said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19).
      -  Among five thousand hungry people on the hillside was a little boy. What did he have in his hand? Five loaves and two fish—which the Lord used to feed the entire crowd (John 6:9).
      -   I am reminded of the apostle Paul. What was in his hand when he was converted? A pen, for he was a scholar whose command of the Greek language exceeded every other scholar in history. So what did God use most powerfully in Paul’s life? A pen, as Paul authored one epistle after another.
      -   The Lord can use whatever skills, interests, or abilities you have. He will use whatever is in your hand for His glory.
    He will give you insights and open doors. Great things will take place through you. The kingdom of darkness, the kingdom of selfishness, the kingdom of greed will be beaten back as you take whatever ox goad is in your life and say, “Lord, use it for Your glory.  
    It is in serving the Lord that we find ourselves fulfilled. If you just take in and never give out, you’ll find yourself feeling grumpy and discouraged, depressed and defeated. Before long, you will notice you have no appetite to take in any more, and your walk will grow stale and stagnant. Jesus said, “Whatever measure with which you give out will be the measure with which it will be given back to you” (Matthew 7:2). Thus, for fulfillment in this life, it is essential that I be used in the things of God. We are not saved to set, soak, and sour. We’re saved to serve. – From a topical study of Judges 3:31 from Courson’s Application Commentary by Jon Courson.                             
  5. God has been busy on our behalf! The question is, what have we done with his outpouring of grace?1 Are we parlaying his blessing into fruitful outcomes? Are we a good investment? - From location 1069 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners  by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr..
  6. Many are called but few are chosen (Mt. 20:16; 22:14). What exactly does this mean? Simply that many individuals have been called by God to minister to people, but few have ever responded to the call. Far more have rejected the call to service than have responded positively. When an opportunity to minister crosses our path, we should grasp the opportunity. We should meet whatever need there is lying in our path. We should never neglect a person or persons in need—whether hungry, impoverished, sick, hurting or otherwise, not if the person is truly in need. No matter what the call to service may be, if the call comes from God, we should surrender to the call. - From the reading about Isaiah 6:113 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  7. But God himself is telling us to face our weaknesses. So let’s stop thinking how successful we are and figure out what it’s going to take to go to the next level of productivity. And when by grace we get there, then let’s ask how to go to the next level above that, and so forth. We must take full advantage of the opportunity God has given us, or we will lose it (vv. 5, 6). - From location 1081 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners  by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.
  8. I leave you this challenge from the pen of Spurgeon: “As long as there is breath in our bodies, let us serve Christ; as long as we can think, as long as we can speak, as long as we can work, let us serve him, let us serve him with our last gasp; and, if it be possible, let us try to set some work going that will glorify him when we are dead and gone.” - From commentary on John 19:30 from the Boice Expositional Commentary by James Montgomery Boice.
  9. God is at work in the world, and he wants you to join him. This assignment is called your mission. God wants you to have both a ministry in the Body of Christ and a mission in the world. Your ministry is your service to believers, and your mission is your service to unbelievers. Fulfilling your mission in the world is God’s fifth purpose for your life.
    Your life mission is both shared and specific. One part of it is a responsibility you share with every other Christian, and the other part is an assignment that is unique to you. - From the Day 36 “Made for a Mission” reading in The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.
  10. Convinced God can't use you?  The truth is, he can.  All it takes is availability, reliance on his enabling power, and faithfulness in the ordinary grind of life.  So, get involved.  Dig in.  Get your hands dirty.  Keep it up.Make yourself and your gifts available to the Savior.  God is in the business of doing extraordinary things with ordinary people who faithfully serve his extraordinary Son. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Colossians 4 Pg 349.
  11. Faith always leads to works.  According to the apostle James, "faith without deeds is dead" (Jas. 2:26). - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - I Thessalonians 1:3 pg 7.
  12. Christians are known by hard work, hope and love. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - I Thessalonians 1 pg. 12. 
  13. Be a responsible member of a local church, caring for other believers and growing in faith and service. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - I Thessalonians 1 pg. 12. 
  14. People are to remain the priority of our lives and efforts.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - I Thessalonians 2:17-20 pg. 27. 
  15. We need to encourage one another, not with flattery, but with honest appreciation for the positive steps of faith we see.   - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 1   pg. 99. 
  16. You were saved to serve God. The Bible says, “It is he who saved us and chose us for his holy work, not because we deserved it but because that was his plan.” God redeemed you so you could do his “holy work.” You’re not saved by service, but you are saved for service. In God’s kingdom, you have a place, a purpose, a role, and a function to fulfill. This gives your life great significance and value.
    It cost Jesus his own life to purchase your salvation. The Bible reminds us, “God paid a great price for you. So use your body to honor God.” We don’t serve God out of guilt or fear or even duty, but out of joy, and deep gratitude for what he’s done for us. We owe him our lives. Through salvation our past has been forgiven, our present is given meaning, and our future is secured. In light of these incredible benefits Paul concluded, “Because of God’s great mercy... Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service.” - From the "Day 29: Accepting Your Assignment” reading from The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  17. Isaiah heard God’s call and responded favorably (Isaiah 6:8). As soon as Isaiah had been cleansed from his sins, he immediately heard the booming voice of the Lord calling for a volunteer to go forth to minister to His people. Without hesitation—not leaving time for the seraphim or anyone else to respond—Isaiah courageously offered himself: “Here am I! Send me.” Having been forgiven his sins and sensing deeply that the Lord accepted him, Isaiah was filled with joy and thanksgiving. Therefore with no reservation, Isaiah leapt at the opportunity to serve his Lord. His immediate surrender reveals…
    • a spirit of readiness, both a desire and a willingness to serve the Lord
    • a spirit of resolve, a determination to go and bear witness despite the difficulties
    • a spirit of trust, leaving the success and results up to the Lord
    Unlike so many who hesitate or even reject God’s call, Isaiah readily, willingly surrendered to serve the Lord. Whereas Moses and Jeremiah both fought against the call of God, Isaiah offered himself without reservation or qualification.

    - From the reading about Isaiah 6:8 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  18. True faith shows in loyalty and love - especially at home, but also in service to others. Service to Christ and others is not reserved for the young.  In fact, physically and mentally capable people entering retirement often have more discretionary time to devote to church ministry, teaching, discipling and missions. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 5:9-10 pg. 224. 
  19. Interestingly, those who are helped often turn around and help others, turning the church into more of a caring community.  Don't wait for people to ask.  Take the initiative and look for ways to serve them.  - From the Life Application Bible NIV 1 Timothy 5:3-5, Note, Page 2193.
  20. Observe, The respect of children to their parents, with their care of them, is fitly called piety. This is requiting their parents. Children can never sufficiently requite their parents for the care they have taken of them, and the pains they have taken with them; but they must endeavour to do it. It is the indispensable duty of children, if their parents be in necessity, and they in ability to relieve them, to do it to the utmost of their power, for this is good and acceptable before God.  - From the MHC - 1 Timothy 5 I. of the MacSword Software program
  21. We can count on opposition, suffering and hardship as we serve Christ.  But this shows that our faithfulness is having an effect on others.  As we Trust Christ, he counts us worthy to suffer, and he will give us the strength we need to be steadfast. - From the NIV Life Application Bible 2 Timothy pg 2198. 
  22. God has equipped every believer to be useful and productive in Christian living.  His Spirit enables us in whatever task God gives.  But we must fulfill our responsibility by continually granting his Spirit freedom of expression.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 1:6-7 pg. 266. 
  23. Don't hide your light at home: our families are fertile fields for planting gospel seeds.  Let your parents, children, spouse, brothers, and sisters know of your faith in Jesus and be sure they see Christ's love, helpfulness, and joy in you.  - From the NIV Life Application Bible 2 Timothy 1: 5 Note 1:5 pg 2199. 
  24. Quit praying about yourself and spend your life for the sake of others as the bondservant of Jesus.  This is the true meaning of being broken bread and poured-out wine in real life" (Chambers, My Utmost, July 15).  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Romans 1, 1:14-15,  pg. 29. 
  25. True spirituality issues from right thinking in concert with God's power within the spirit of a person which transforms outward behavior.  True Christianity cannot be hidden, nor is it a private religion without public effect.  This was the erroneous view of the false teachers of Paul's day.  This theory still finds acceptance in modern thinking. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 3 2-5.  Characteristics of ungodliness (3: 2-5)   pg. 302.
  26. In our zeal for the truth of Scripture, we must never forget its purpose - to equip us to do good.  We should not Study God's Word simply to increase our knowledge or to prepare us to win arguments.  We should study the Bible so that we will know how to do Christ's work in the world.  Our knowledge of God's Word is not useful unless it strengthens our faith and leads us to do good.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) 2 Timothy 3:17 Note 3:17, page 2203.
  27. "Be prepared in season and out of season" means to always be ready to serve God in any situation, whether or not it is convenient.  Be sensitive to the opportunities God gives you.   - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) 2 Timothy 4:2 Note 4:2, page 2203.
  28. God always gives us the strength to do what he has commanded.  This strength may not be evident, however, until we step out in faith and actually begin doing the task.   - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) 2 Timothy 4:17 Note 4:17, page 2204.
  29. Too often, we rush through our days, barely touching anyone's life.  Like Paul, take time to weave your life into others through deep relationships.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) 2 Timothy 4:19-22 Note 4:19-22, page 2205.
  30. What legacy will you leave behind?  Whom are you training to carry on your work?  It is our responsibility to do all we can to keep the gospel message alive for the next generation.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) 2 Timothy 4:22 Note 4:22, page 2205.
  31. Good works, deeds born from the goodness of God's Spirit, characterize those who belong to God.  Christians should never have to be cajoled into service, nor should they follow God's commands as a duty.  We should be zealous, eager, passionate to please the father by extending his goodness to others.   - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Titus 2:14  pg. 367.
  32. Four times in close succession, Paul urged the Christian to do good.  He defined the believer as one who was eager, ready, and devoted to goodness.  Goodness encompasses anything morally honorable that results in positive effect, especially for others.  Deeds of goodness come from a good heart, and we achieve a good heart by transforming our thinking (Luke 6:45; Rom. 12:2).  "What-ever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent and praiseworthy - think about such things" (Phil 4:8).  A mind preoccupied with good thinking will result in a life devoted to goodness.  Opportunities for good deeds present themselves every day, but we see them only if we look for them.  If our focus is trained elsewhere, we will miss them entirely.  We should take inventory of our enjoyments, our objectives, and how we spend our time.  Even if our pursuits do not rank as obsessions, forcing out all other interests or obligations, we may belong to that great crowd of "moderate fanatics" who pursue the lesser gods of comfort, material security, or fun.  It is far better to order our thinking, our hearts, and our lives to pursue the good that comes from God.  If we do, we will "not live unproductive lives" (Titus 3:14).    - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Titus 3, Life Application  pg. 391.
  33. Only Jesus could provide struggling believers the grace and strength to move forward in stalwart service to him.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10 III. Conclusion,  at location 4661.
  34. The Lord intends for this same grace to pour forth when we speak. "Let your speech always be with grace." When we humbly allow the Lord to flood our speech with His grace, our words have a heavenly flavor to them: "seasoned with salt." His grace will also add heavenly wisdom to our words: "that you may know how you ought to answer each one." This causes our speech to be edifying to others, because our words are ministering God's grace into their lives. "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers" (Ephesians 4:29).   - From the DBD for 11/29 as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac
  35. Before we can serve the Lord, we must first surrender to the Him. We must acknowledge Him as the Lord, as the high and exalted Creator of the universe, the Holy One who is to be worshipped and served. Second, we must confess and repent of our sins before we can truly serve the Lord. And then, thirdly, we must surrender to the Lord’s call and commission.
    We are not called to be successful, but we are called to be available. A spirit of surrender must grip our hearts. No matter the difficulty or hardship of the call, we must be ready and resolved to step forth for the Lord, trusting Him for strength and guidance. If we surrender to the Lord—show Him that our spirits are ready and resolved—He will send us forth in the power of His Spirit. Every step of the way will be directed by His Spirit, and we will be empowered to face any difficulty. No matter how hard the people’s hearts may be or how strong the opposition, the Lord will overshadow us with His presence and empower us to complete the task. The one request of us is not that of intelligence, ability, or skill but that of surrender. God simply calls us to be available, surrendered to His call and commission.
    “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Lu. 9:23).
    “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Ro. 12:1-2).
    “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Ga. 2:20).
    “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways” (Pr. 23:26).

     - From the “Thought 1 reading about Isaiah 6:8 in thPreacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  36. Whenever the grace of God is allowed to work in human hearts, there will be evidences that appear. This can bring joy to those who are outwardly observing this inward work of grace. Still, it is appropriate to exhort those who have made progress in grace to continue in the grace of God.  - From the DBD for 12/1 as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac.
  37. Hebrews 12:12-17 -  Believers must show fresh commitment and a renewed concern for one another.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 12,  B. A Call to Action, Supporting Idea, at location 5308.
  38. Hebrews 13 Quote: "Sometimes a man imagines that he will lose himself if he gives himself, and keep himself if he hides himself.  But the opposite takes place with terrible exactness." - Earnest Hello -  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 13, Quote, at location 5615.
  39. We are healed to help others. We are blessed to be a blessing. We are saved to serve, not to sit around and wait for heaven.
    Have you ever wondered why God doesn’t just immediately take us to heaven the moment we accept his grace? Why does he leave us in a fallen world? He leaves us here to fulfill his purposes. Once you are saved, God intends to use you for his goals. God has a ministry for you in his church and a mission for you in the world. - From the "Day 29: Accepting Your Assignment” reading from The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  40. Let us learn to prize this title above all others in the world--the servants of God and of Christ. in all services we should have an eye to the Son as well as the Father. We cannot acceptably serve the Father, unless we are also servants of the Son. God will have all men to honour the Son as they honour the Father (John v. 23), looking for acceptance in Christ and assistance from him, and yielding all obedience to him, thus confessing that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  - From the Matthew Henry Commentary in The Sword Software Program for the Mac, James I - I.
  41. Enduring trials for his glory shows that we love God.  God has stored up marvelous blessings for those who love him.  - From the Kindle Book "The Holman New Testament Commentary - James 1:9-11, at location 6253.
  42. "We should please others. If we do what helps them, we will build them up in the Lord. So accept each other just as Christ has accepted you; then God will be glorified" ( Romans  15:2 , 7 ). God will work within us to "accept each other just as Christ has accepted [us]." - From the February 14th reading of the Book: Teach Me To Pray by Andrew Murray.
  43. Before the judgment seat of Christ, my service will be judged not by how much I have done, but by how much I could have done. In God’s sight, my giving is measured not by how much I have given, but by how much I could have given and how much I had left after I made my gift.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 4570.
  44. Jesus says, “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:1).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 4576.
  45. Don’t do a righteous act in order to impress people. But when you do a good work, use that opportunity to bring praise to God. What Jesus objects to is not that men would know we give, but that we would give to impress men rather than to please God.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 4589.
  46. (Proverbs 3:1) - Delight and perseverance in carrying out God's will flows from God's grace working in our hearts. - Proverbs, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, Charles Bridges.
  47. Proverbs 3:28 - A little given in time of need is more than a larger amount when the needy moment has passed. We should cultivate the habit of being sensitive to the needs of others, putting ourselves in their place. We should not only do good but be prepared to do good (Titus  3:1; 1  Timothy  6:18). The Gospel presents every neighbor to us as a brother or sister who needs our help, who is to be loved and cared for in the same way that we look after ourselves (Leviticus  19:18). Why are we so slow to acknowledge this? May the Lord deliver us from our selfishness and mold us to his own image of love and mercy. - Proverbs, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, Charles Bridges.
  48. Jesus will evaluate the service of every one of us, his servants.  And our eternal reward is dependent upon our service in this life.  How you serve him in this life determines how you will serve him in eternity (1 Cor. 3:10-15).   - From the Holman New Testament Commentary "Matthew" by Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber, page 150.  
  49. Jesus said that the greatest in the kingdom will be the person who serves.  With the child, Jesus pointed out that the ones who serve will serve even the least in the kingdom.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary "Mark" by Max Anders and Rodney L. Cooper, Mark 9, II. Commentary, C.. The Servant's Glory (9:33-50), page 151.
  50. Jesus pointed to service again as he told his disciples that humble acts of service when done because of Christ will be rewarded. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary "Mark" by Max Anders and Rodney L. Cooper, Mark 9, II. Commentary, C.. The Servant's Glory (9:33-50), page 152.
  51. The power to do God's work comes from God.  It is what we pray at the end of the Lord's prayer: "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever" (Matt. 6:13, KJV).  It is his glory and his power.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary "Mark" by Max Anders and Rodney L. Cooper, Mark 9, IV. Life Application, The Source of Our Power, page 155.
  52. Service Prayer - Our great and glorious God, help us to remember when we go through dark and troubling times that we are only seeing part of the entire picture.  Help us always to seek your glory.  Let us remember when we see the outcasts in our society - the weak, the homeless, the suffering - that we may be seeing your face.  Grant us the power to do great things or small things for you, realizing that in your kingdom, there are no small things.  Amen.
  53. Service with a Smile  - Focusing on others and their needs also helps restore our perspective. When we’re serving others, we’re no longer obsessing about our own problems and the painful realities that may accompany them. Serving is one of the most eternal things we can do, one of the things we do that matters most. When we’re addressing the needs of others and making their needs a priority over our own, we realize that our problems aren’t as big as they sometimes seem. Jesus said, “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life” (John 6:27). - From location 928 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  54. I’ve found that the best way to pastor people is not always to focus on their individual needs but to focus people on the needs of others. There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing that we’ve made a positive difference, an eternal difference, in the lives of other people. If we want to experience a breath of fresh air, we need to be in an empowering environment. When we discover the gifts that God has placed inside us and exercise them by serving others, it’s almost like we give ourselves that hit of pure oxygen that a winded athlete receives on the sidelines of a big game. - From location 939 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  55. Each of us has a role to play, and every role is important. There is no small service to God; it all matters.
    Likewise, there are no insignificant ministries in the church. Some are visible and some are behind the scenes, but all are valuable. Small or hidden ministries often make the biggest difference. In my home, the most important light is not the large chandelier in our dining room but the little night light that keeps me from stubbing my toe when I get up at night. There is no correlation between size and significance. Every ministry matters because we are all dependent on each other to function. - From the "Day 29: Accepting Your Assignment” reading from The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  56. We gain a new perspective on our own problems when we focus on the needs of others. - From location 959 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  57. We can be a force for good in this life. We can display the heart of Christ in everything we do, showing others who God really is. We can be content and compassionate, relaxed and resilient. - From location 1194 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  58. Our goal should be to take the living Word and plant it into the world around us. Into our relationships and our work. Into our classrooms and our cubicles. Into our kitchens and our bedrooms. Into our bank accounts and our bill paying. Everywhere. - From location 1370 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  59. We have different roles to play, we and God. As God made clear to Job, we humans lack the capacity to figure out providence and cosmic justice and answers to the “Why?” questions. It is our role, rather, to follow in Jesus’ steps by doing the work of the kingdom both by our deeds and by our prayers. - From location 2225 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  60. Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. - From location 2503 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  61. God has given us the honor of doing his will on earth. - From location 2536 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  62. We are partners with God. We strive to do God’s will on earth as it is in heaven so that God’s name will be known, even hallowed, among every people. - From location 2542 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  63. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,” Paul wrote the Ephesians. - From location 3138 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  64. The "way of the righteous" is characterized by a love for God and a readiness to live a godly life. However, there is a second way: "the way of the wicked" (cf. v. 1). The Lord offers no protection to those who are not reconciled to him; rather, their end is destruction. Jesus warned us that those who know him must do the will of God as interpreted by him (Matt 5- 7). Those who do not produce fruit will come under the judgment of his words: "I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!" (Matt 7: 23; cf. vv. 15- 27).   - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App in Psalm 1:6.
  65. What is the biblical wisdom that the psalmists speak of so frequently? First, wisdom calls for a response. The invitation is open to all (34: 11- 12; cf. Prov 1: 8- 9; 2: 1- 3: 10). Regardless of age, social standing, or gender, whether Jew or Gentile, God expects the response of love and submission to him (49: 1- 3). Those who devote themselves to a loving response may have to undergo fatherly discipline: "It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees" (119: 71). Out of the brokenness of heart, the godly learn wisdom; and out of gratitude they seek wisdom. The way of wisdom demands total commitment: "Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart" (119: 2; cf. vv. 3, 10). Since God is greater than any treasure, the love for God demands the ultimate sacrifice-- total loyalty and discipleship: "I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches" (119: 14; cf. vv. 20, 127).
    1. Second, wisdom opens the door to living in the imitation of God, the Great King over all creation. Creation unfolds the manifold wisdom of God. Everything coheres in him and through him. Because he is one, there is one way of living in coherence in this world: the way of God. The way of God is shown throughout the Psalms but may be illustrated by reference to Psalms 111 and 112. In Psalm 111 the psalmist sets forth the way of God. The "way" (derek) of Yahweh is seen in the variety and magnificence of his works (111: 2). They frame the world of human experience, as the Lord maintains order in his world (111: 3). He is also generous like a father toward his creation, bestowing on it grace, compassion, and provision (111: 4- 5; cf. 145: 9). He cares much for all of his creation, but so much more for his covenant people who respond to him as wise children (111: 5b- 6)! They are the object of his particular love, communion, and blessing (111: 7- 9). He has revealed his way in creation, redemption, and written revelation. He looks for those who respond properly to his presence (111: 10). - From the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank Gaebelein of the Olive Tree Bible Study App in Psalm 1:6.
  66. God “comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.” - From location 5460 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  67. If you want to be used in ministry, these four areas must be committed to the Lord. When you can say, “My material possessions, my vocation, my family, and even my own fears and insecurities do not have priority and will not dominate me,” you will see the Lord minister through you powerfully. Please understand, this is not a word of condemnation—it’s a word of honest evaluation. Many men and women have entered positions of ministry only to find once they’re in, they’re not ready for them.  - From Coursons Application Commentary by Jon Courson commenting on Acts 20:17
  68. Serving is the opposite of our natural inclination. Most of the time we’re more interested in “serve us” than service. We say, “I’m looking for a church that meets my needs and blesses me,” not “I’m looking for a place to serve and be a blessing.” We expect others to serve us, not vice versa. But as we mature in Christ, the focus of our lives should increasingly shift to living a life of service. The mature follower of Jesus stops asking, “Who’s going to meet my needs?” and starts asking, “Whose needs can I meet?” Do you ever ask that question? - From the "Day 29: Accepting Your Assignment” reading from The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  69. When a Christian truly serves God, holiness is identified with happiness as naturally as heat accompanies fire and beams of light shine from the sun. This is how it was with our Lord, who delighted to do God's will. Oh, that we as God's servants might have the same spirit that our Lord had. - From Crossway Classic Commentary - Proverbs on Proverb 21:15 by Charles Bridges.
  70. Merriam-Webster.com defines “Opportunity” as “a favorable combination of circumstances, time, and place.” But Thomas Edison said, “Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”  Francis Bacon wrote, “A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”  And writer Thomas Peters warned, “If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.”  
    The Bible also talks about opportunities, but with a difference.  While the world looks for opportunities for success, the Christian looks for opportunities for servanthood.  Unexpected windows of opportunity will appear today, giving you the chance to serve and to give.  Look for those occasions, and don’t pull down the shade.  
    Opportunity rarely knocks on your door.  Knock rather on opportunity’s door if you ardently wish to enter. - B.C. Forbes. - Excerpt from January 15th devotional reading from “Turning Points with God - 365 Daily Devotions” by David Jeremiah. 
  71. Be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work will be rewarded! - 2 Chronicles 15:7. We do not always see immediate and impressive results from our labor, but God promises that our work shall be rewarded.  Paul told us to be “always abounding in the work of the Lord.” knowing our labor in Him is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).
    The Bible promises, “He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalm 126:6).
    So, don’t give up or grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we’ll reap a harvest if we do not lose heart (Galations 6:9).  Lord, take my lips, and speak through them; take my mind, and think through it; take my heart, and set it on fire! - William H. H. Aitken. - Excerpt from April 3rd devotional reading from “Turning Points with God - 365 Daily Devotions” by David Jeremiah. 
  72. We are only fully alive when we’re helping others. Jesus said, “If you insist on saving your life, you will lose it. Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live.” This truth is so important that it is repeated five times in the Gospels. If you aren’t serving, you’re just existing, because life is meant for ministry. God wants you to learn to love and serve others unselfishly. - From the "Day 29: Accepting Your Assignment” reading from The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  73. Matthew 25:31-46 - The judgment identifies sins of omission as most serious. All one needs to do to miss out on God’s grace is to ignore Him. “All that needs to happen for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing!” We saw this same sin of omission in the Parousia parables; the foolish virgins neglected to bring oil, the unfaithful servant was rejected for doing nothing, and those on the left hand are rejected for failing to minister to the needy about them. The passage emphasizes that the gospel always has social implications, even though not all social service has the gospel. The story of the Good Samaritan is the classic illustration of Christian social action.  - From the Preacher’s Commentary Series, Volumes 1-35: Genesis - Revelation by Stuart Briscoe.
  74. Matthew 25:40 - Jesus affirms that believers are to care for one another, but especially the least and insignificant among them. This does not absolve a general mercy that Christians must demonstrate toward all in need. As Morris says, “Everyone in need is to be the object of Christian benevolence.” But perhaps the best guiding light is given by the apostle Paul, who stated the principle, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Gal. 6:10).

    But we should reiterate that these good deeds are not the works by which one enters the kingdom; they are the substantiation of the kind of kingdom life that has been produced through the transformation of the heart of his disciples through regeneration. Their works of caring for the needy among them will confirm that they belong to Jesus. Otherwise they are not truly his sheep, because they have not been born again by the Spirit of God. 
    - From the NIV Application Commentary New Testament Set by numerous authors (Bloomberg, Boc, Burge, Fernando, Garland, Guthrie, Hafemann, Holmes, Keener, Liefeld, McKnight, Moo, etc) and published by Zondervan
  75. If you’re not involved in any service or ministry, what excuse have you been using? Abraham was old, Jacob was insecure, Leah was unattractive, Joseph was abused, Moses stuttered, Gideon was poor, Samson was codependent, Rahab was immoral, David had an affair and all kinds of family problems, Elijah was suicidal, Jeremiah was depressed, Jonah was reluctant, Naomi was a widow, John the Baptist was eccentric to say the least, Peter was impulsive and hot-tempered, Martha worried a lot, the Samaritan woman had several failed marriages, Zacchaeus was unpopular, Thomas had doubts, Paul had poor health, and Timothy was timid. That is quite a variety of misfits, but God used each of them in his service. He will use you, too, if you stop making excuses. - From the "Day 29: Accepting Your Assignment” reading from The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  76. The world defines greatness in terms of power, possessions, prestige, and position. If you can demand service from others, you’ve arrived. In our self-serving culture with its me-first mentality, acting like a servant is not a popular concept.
    Jesus, however, measured greatness in terms of service, not status. God determines your greatness by how many people you serve, not how many people serve you. This is so contrary to the world’s idea of greatness that we have a hard time understanding it, much less practicing it. The disciples argued about who deserved the most prominent position, and 2,000 years later, Christian leaders still jockey for position and prominence in churches, denominations, and parachurch ministries.
     - From the "Day 33: How Real Servants Act” reading from The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  77. God often tests our hearts by asking us to serve in ways we’re not shaped. If you see a man fall into a ditch, God expects you to help him out, not say, “I don’t have the gift of mercy or service.” While you may not be gifted for a particular task, you may be called to do it if no one gifted at it is around. Your primary ministry should be in the area of your shape, but your secondary service is wherever you’re needed at the moment.
    Your shape reveals your ministry, but your servant’s heart will reveal your maturity. No special talent or gift is required to stay after a meeting to pick up trash or stack chairs. Anyone can be a servant. All it requires is character. - From the "Day 33: How Real Servants Act” reading from The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  78. Small tasks often show a big heart. Your servant’s heart is revealed in little acts that others don’t think of doing, as when Paul gathered brushwood for a fire to warm everyone after a shipwreck. He was just as exhausted as everyone else, but he did what everyone needed. No task is beneath you when you have a servant’s heart.
    Great opportunities often disguise themselves in small tasks. The little things in life determine the big things. Don’t look for great tasks to do for God. Just do the not-so-great stuff, and God will assign you whatever he wants you to do. But before attempting the extraordinary, try serving in ordinary ways.  - From the "Day 33: How Real Servants Act” reading from The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  79. Don’t be discouraged when your service is unnoticed or taken for granted. Keep on serving God! “Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.” Even the smallest service is noticed by God and will be rewarded. Remember the words of Jesus: “If, as my representatives, you give even a cup of cold water to a little child, you will surely be rewarded.” - From the "Day 33: How Real Servants Act” reading from The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren