One pastor writes: "I could have taken a hundred gifts and ability tests as a young man and never discovered that I was gifted at teaching, because I'd never done it. It was only after I began accepting opportunities to speak that I saw the results, received confirmation from others, and realized God had gifted me to do this." Unless you're willing to risk getting involved, you'll never know what you're good at. Sure you'll make mistakes—and some of them may be so discouraging you'll want to give up and not try again. But if you turn your mistakes into learning experiences you'll not only discover what God has called you to do, you'll grow and become proficient at it. Paul writes in Galatians 6:4,5, "But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden." Paul is telling the believers at Galatia to take a careful exploration of themselves and the work they have been given, and then sink themselves into that. They don't need to compare themselves with others. Rather, they must take responsibility for doing the creative best they can with their own life. Then he adds: "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." (vv. 9-10). Today take a serious look at what's left of your life and decide to make it count. Some of the saddest words in life are on a tombstone that reads: "When I came to die, I discovered I had not yet lived." Don't let that be said of you!
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)
How beautiful it is to be found in Christ Jesus! Our natures of corruption and villainy are done away with and recreated both new and perfected. Let all praise and honor go to His majestic greatness for all His splendid works!
Week #36 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 10-12
Monday: (History) 1 Chronicles 20-24
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 105-107
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 22
Thursday: (Prophecy) Joel
Friday: (Gospels) John 13-15
Saturday: (Letters) 2 Timothy 3-4