give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because
He considered me faithful, appointing me to the ministry. . . —1 Timothy
From a human perspective, the
apostle Paul's record as a zealous persecutor of Christians should have
precluded him from being used in God's service. Paul was known as the
"chief of sinners,” a blasphemer, persecutor, and violent aggressor (1
Tim. 1:13–15). Everything changed when God saved Paul. He embraced the
Christian life with the same fervency in which he had opposed it. Paul
labored to be faithful in every assignment, no matter how small or
large. Ultimately, because of Paul's faithfulness, God entrusted him to
be one of His foremost promoters of the gospel.
understood that everything he ever accomplished for God's kingdom was
due to the enabling power of God. He was not deceived into thinking that
his own intelligence or personal drive brought about God's will.
Rather, Paul was grateful for the opportunity to be tested and found
faithful in any assignment, regardless of its size.
ability to serve God is not based on your past, but on your
faithfulness today. If you are faithful with the task God entrusts to
you, God will enable you to accomplish it. Don't distinguish between big
and small assignments from God. Paul saw every one as a privilege he
did not deserve. Whether God has asked you to pray for someone, to
minister to a person in need, to lead a Bible study, or to care for
those who are sick, strive to be faithful. You will experience His
enabling as you serve Him. If you are faithful in a little, God will
entrust you with more. You will be able to join Paul in praising God for
having counted you faithful, putting you into His service (Luke 16:10).
—Experiencing God Day by Day