Keep the Pace   1/17/2018

1 Timothy 4:13
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and teaching.

When I first read this verse, I thought, “I am too underqualified to write a devotional for this verse.”  But as I reflect on it, it reminds me that few of us are “qualified.” However, we are all chosen by God to do His works. Some of us are called to preach, some to teach, some to sing, and others to serve as missionaries. Whatever our calling, this verse encourages us to devote ourselves to His works and be good examples of the Christian faith.

How do we do that if we don’t feel “qualified?”

First, use your spiritual gifts. You may not all be called to preach, or teach, or sing, but whatever your spiritual gifts are, get plugged in, hone your gifts, and use them.

Second, guard your life.  Guard your inner and your outer life. Safeguard what you put in your life and what you transfer out.

How is your pace? Are you too busy?  Does your pace allow you to spend personal time with God? Does it allow you to reflect, plan, pray, and adjust when necessary?

What about your outer life? Do you have time to look after the needs of others? Do you have time to serve your church community? Are you in alignment with the world, maybe even your Christian world, but not in alignment with God?

Your heart is where you do business with God. Make the decision to let God align your inner and outer life with His will. Live your life as an example for others. Be bold and tell people what Christ has done in your life and what he can do for others.

Be encouraged, friends, that if we do our part, God will do His.  He is always faithful!

~ Kristie Milby, author

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