Each week, we present a devotional that was written by one of our partners. This week’s words of reflection were written by Angela Scott.
“…for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance. For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.” 1Timothy 4:8-10 (NASB)
Sweat in the palms of my hands, butterflies in my stomach, and dryness in my throat are three consistent factors that arise anytime I get up to stand on any platform. It is in these frightening, stifling moments that I remember how much that moment is not about me. Those are the moments when the Lord quietly reminds me of my human nature, how inadequate I am, and how able He is. It is in those moments where He reminds me that apart from Him, any role I have been placed in is nothing. There may be times in life when people offer us congratulations by saying our hard work has finally paid off. These compliments can lead our fleshly minds to think that positive results are based on us. One thing I’ve been learning about lately is that godliness and a genuine pursuit for pleasing the Lord should be my priorities. Whether it be standing on a platform or cleaning toilets, if what I am doing is not unto the Lord, the work is in vain.
When working on our jobs or serving in ministry, what is our priority-honoring the Lord or bringing acclaim to ourselves? Are we constantly seeking God’s will for us in our daily efforts?
As followers of Christ, let us pursue godly actions that honor Christ. Whatever work we do, whether on our jobs, at home, or in church, let us first pray that our efforts bring glory to God, and not ourselves.
Lord, help us to always remember that nothing that we do is about us, but that everything we do should be about You. We pray that our actions and words be pleasing to You and bring glory to Your name. Amen.