Serving with Humility

Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5 The renowned Scottish New Testament Greek scholar, William Barclay (1907-1978), related a little story about a missionary who arrived in the Congo years ago to share the gospel of the Lord Jesus. Two missionaries had preceded this particular one and had failed miserably. The former missionaries had been members of the Baganda tribe, for which menial work was reserved for women and slaves. When the native people refused to provide food for these two missionaries, they left … Continue reading “Serving with Humility”

God Uses People to Accomplish His Purposes

You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. Psalm 77:20 It is an amazing thing—the ways and works of God among the children of men! We often hear that the Lord God does not need people. In one sense that is true, for God is self-existent, almighty, and sovereign. However, when it comes to his kingdom work on earth, God has chosen to work his will and accomplish his purposes through people. When God designed and created the animal and plant kingdoms, he gifted Adam to name the animals and care for Eden’s garden. When … Continue reading “God Uses People to Accomplish His Purposes”

Where Shall I Work Today?

Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.” John 21:17 Most of God’s children are not called to perform great deeds, neither are they chosen to labor and minister for Christ in a prominent place. For them, much of life is routine and quite ordinary. At times, we complain about our lot in life: I’m not as gifted as that sister in Christ. My colleague has been called to a large church. Why am I never chosen to serve in positions of leadership? I am serving in such a small, unknown place. Pastor Mead McGuire (1875-1967)must have been struggling one day about where … Continue reading “Where Shall I Work Today?”