• Paul’s Gratitude for the Philippians Devotional

    Philippians 1:3–5

    God does not save us to be lone ranger Christians, but He expects us to partner with other believers in order to send forth the gospel. There are a multitude of ways in which we can support our churches, parachurch organizations, local ministries, and so forth to help advance the kingdom. What are some of the ways you can partner with others to proclaim the gospel? Are you fulfilling this call to gospel partnership? View Resource

  • Leading by Example Devotional

    Ephesians 6:9

    President Dwight D. Eisenhower once observed that “leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” Good leaders do not lead by maintaining uncertain, ever-changing standards or by demeaning good workers. Instead, they serve those whom they supervise by encouraging them and setting a vision that all can seize and run with gladly. View Resource

  • Serving Earthly Masters Devotional

    Ephesians 6:5–8

    Tomorrow we will discuss in greater detail the proper roles of servants and masters. We note today, however, with Matthew Henry that “service, performed with conscience, and from a regard for God, though it may be to unrighteous masters, will be accounted by Christ as service done to himself.” Not all of our earthly supervisors are Christians, but we owe them respectful obedience as long as they do not demand that we violate God’s law. View Resource

  • Perpetual Gratitude Devotional

    Ephesians 5:20-21

    Servanthood is the path to greatness, not the position we hold or the degree of authority that we have been given (Matt. 23:11). Even those who are in authority over people — including husbands, executives, and parents — must submit to those under them in a spirit of service. True leaders are always putting the needs of others before their own, and Christian leaders who do not do so must repent of their sin and serve others well. View Resource

  • Paul’s Stewardship Devotional

    Ephesians 3:2

    Greatness in the kingdom of God is not measured by how many people serve us but in how we serve others. Yet using our gifts to benefit others is not always easy, and we need divine grace to sustain us in our ministry. Let us not seek to serve other believers in our own power, but let us rely absolutely on our ever-present Lord to strengthen and guide us as we serve others. View Resource

  • Paying the Cost Devotional

    Philemon 19-20

    In Philippians 2, Paul calls us to follow the example of Christ and put others ahead of ourselves. We seldom consider how our decisions and behavior will be regarded in the community of believers, but this should not be. Instead, we must always factor into our decisions how what we do or say may or may not impact those around us. Do you consider how what you do and say will be seen by other believers that you know? View Resource

  • No Favored Parties Devotional

    Colossians 3:25

    We can be tempted to make excuses for our behavior based on our backgrounds or conditions in which we find ourselves. But we must always remember that the Lord requires righteousness from us no matter our condition, and we must strive to obey Him even when it is costly or difficult. Are you making excuses for laziness on the job or any other failure? Repent of this sin today and pray that the Lord would help you to do what is right. View Resource

  • Giving Thanks Devotional

    Luke 17:11-19

    We might think that we are grateful to God for what He has done for us, but if we never work to serve others, especially His people, then we must question the authenticity of our thankfulness. James 2:14–26 and other passages make it clear that Christian virtues are not mere inward thoughts and feelings but are expressed in concrete acts of love and service. Let us show forth how thankful we are to God by doing good to others. View Resource

  • A Reasonable Response Devotional

    Romans 12:1–2

    God is not interested in just a portion of our time, energy, thoughts, or money; rather, He wants it all. This does not mean that we cannot enjoy what He has given us, but it does mean that we must have a continual attitude of thankfulness toward Him for our blessings. Offering ourselves as living sacrifices also means that we continually think on Him and those things that are pure, lovely, and commendable (Phil. 4:8). View Resource

  • Entering into Your Priesthood Devotional

    What are you doing to help those around you who are in distress? Are you keeping yourself clean from the world’s pollution, as James admonishes? View Resource

  • Doing Good to All Devotional

    Galatians 6:9–10

    The recipients of our good deeds are not to be limited to any one group, but we do have a responsibility to take care of our brothers and sisters in the Lord first. John Calvin writes, “There are duties which we owe to all men arising out of a common nature; but the tie of a more sacred relationship, established by God himself, binds us to believers.” How have you sown to the Spirit this week through service to another believer? View Resource

  • Caring for Our Shepherds Devotional

    Galatians 6:5–6

    Our local pastors have a responsibility before the Lord for the care of our souls. They will be judged more strictly because of this (James 3:1), and we must do all that we can to help them do their job faithfully. Besides giving money and encouraging the decision-makers in our congregations to pay our ministers well, we can also thank our pastors for preaching the Word of God faithfully. These are all ways we can share “all good things” with our teachers. View Resource

  • The Greatness of Service Devotional

    Matthew 20:24–28

    Matthew Henry writes, “It is the duty of Christ’s disciples to serve one another, for mutual edification.” A true leader leads by example, never asking others to do something that the leader is unwilling to do himself. He does not seek leadership in order to have power and authority over others, he leads in order to do good for other people. Is the leadership function you perform, no matter how large or small it might be, characterized by such service? View Resource

  • Serving One Master Alone Devotional

    Matthew 6:19–24

    Money itself is not evil, for it is possible to be wealthy and serve God. However, it is all too easy for us to think we are serving God when we are really serving the “stuff” of this world. The Lord gives us possessions to enjoy, but the first and best of all that we own belongs to Him. Make sure that you are offering up the first and best of all you have and not giving unto God only after you have first blessed yourself. View Resource

  • How to Serve Devotional

    Joshua 24:14–15

    Any one who leads Christian ministry in the church will tell you that his most challenging task is recruiting volunteers. Most churches depend on the same faithful people for everything while the rest of the congregation is content to just show up and watch. Which kind of Christian are you? Are you a faithful servant, or do you let others do the work? Call your pastor or elder today and ask him where you can serve in the ministry of the church. View Resource