Don’t know who John Bell is, but this quote of his is a good statement of divine purpose:

You keep us waiting. You, the God of all time, want us to wait. For the right time in which to discover Who we are, where we are to go, Who will be with us, and what we must do. So thank you … for the waiting time.

Except perhaps for the last part, about what we must do. That has been fully revealed in Scripture.

The inspiration to volunteer. God is the electricity in spiritual commitment. His grandeur stirs the souls of men to serve. He is the fire that burns in the bones of the faithful, Jeremiah 20:9. The life blood of Christian ministry is “for His sake,” II Corinthians 4:5,11; 12:10; III John 7. The saints pray for such a single minded devotion to God, Psalms 51:12. They know the Lord is not satisfied with our gifts alone. He asks for our hearts, Proverbs 23:26. Like the apostle Paul, God does not want our possessions. He wants us! II Corinthians 12:14. Gifts are acceptable when the giver gives himself first, II Corinthians 8:5. Self-sacrifice pleases God. It is an act of worship, Romans 12:1. —Ed Mathews, Plow New Ground

How can I gauge my selfless giving? How can I give my heart wholly to God? How can I be stirred to serve God in all his grandeur?

When the simple life of the gospel is preserved and kept from getting complicated, the work of entrusting the sacred testimony to faithful men continues to be a simple process.

“and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also” 2 Tim 2.2 ESV.

Christian live to serve, in quiet trust,
As humble stewards, because, in Christ, we must;
Our common, simple tasks, at every hour,
As best we can, contain redemptive power.

  • Inspired from the quote published earlier from Ed Mathews’s devotional. Please share this with your friends.

Christians live to serve. We do so in quiet trust and humble obedience. We discharge our responsibility in common places and in simple tasks with redemptive power. We do what we can, II Corinthians 8:12.

So wrote Ed M., in today’s devotional, in his work, “Plow New Ground,” with 1 Cor 4.1 as main text.

Focus question: What can you do, right now, to serve God and point others to Christ?

Let all that you do be done in love, wrote the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians. One who has no love for the Lord is accursed, he said. Last, he transmits his love to all of his brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. He had said earlier that love for God causes one to be known by God. Let love, then, penetrate every pore. Let it motivate every move you make. Let it be your beginning point and your end. Hang upon the two greatest commandments all the teaching of Christ. Talk about it all the time. Practice it according to truth. Live in love and for love. For love, O Soul, never dies.

You can do a restart in your mind or heart at any time. It might be the beginning of a new year, week, or day. It might be in the afternoon, after a bad morning. It might be at the top of the hour. Nothing requires you to wait to reorganize your thoughts or to reclaim your emotions. This means, O Soul, that you have control of your inner self at every moment. The reset button is always under your thumb. Feel free to use it at will. To do so brings only positive benefits. You may not even need to leave where you are, end a conversation, or cease your activity. Then again, you might. But you are free to change whenever you decide to do so. Exercise your will!

These phrases come from today’s Plow New Ground devotional by Ed. M., about Abraham offering his son Isaac in Gen. 22.

  • [God] wanted an understanding of who He is more than He wanted burnt offerings, Hosea 6:6.
  • Faith is trusting God to provide what He promised.
  • We admire [Abraham’s] faith without trying to copy his obedience!
  • He sacrificed himself before he put Isaac on the altar, Romans 12:1.

Focus question: How do you show obedience to God above your own desires and emotions?