|Today’s Scripture: For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. Galatians 1:10-11|
|The Lord doesn’t ask about your ability, only your availability; and, if you prove your dependability, the Lord will increase your capability.
I can recall when my wife and I started our ministry in Chicago over 40 years ago. We were poor, without any friends or relatives in the area to support us. No one knew who we were or our purpose for moving into the large city. We had no formal title, glitz, or glamour which would draw people to our fledgling ministry, but we had an assignment from the Lord-preach the gospel.
Since our humble beginnings, we have seen God move within the lives of people in our ministry and bless abundantly in spite of our lack of credentials. Our credentials still don’t really matter, for we’re living to exalt Christ, not ourselves.
I’m reminded of the Apostle Paul, who, though well-educated, claimed no formal title. Instead, he endured intense ridicule within the church as many dismissed his credibility as an apostle. Outside the church walls, Paul was persecuted, beaten, and imprisoned for his stand for Christ. What kept him going? Paul was working for a different Boss-the Lord Jesus Christ. He sought approval from God and God alone, for He was providing his “paycheck.” Paul’s testimony provides an example we all should consider for daily living.
Whether you possess a Ph.D., a High School diploma, or neither, remember that God’s “wages” for His service are based, not on ability, but availability, not on income, but insight, and not on worthiness, but willingness.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder