This 'oar' That - Monday, December 3rd 2012

1 Corinthians 4:1

"Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God."
NKJV

In this verse, the Greek word huperetes (translated as minister) means under-oarsman. Under-oarsmen were men who worked under the main deck of a rowing boat. (As seen in Viking movies) A minister is a servant. The under-oarsman doesn't know where the boat is going, but continues to row until he reaches the final destination. He has an oar, and he knows what to do with it. You, my friend, have been handed an oar...

"What oar," you may ask? The oar of salvation. You are a steward of the mysteries of God. As Paul mentions, you are a living epistle (2 Corinthians 3:1-2). The message you send each day you live your life has the power to lead someone else from death to life. God has invested in you expecting a return. Take a moment and reflect...What are you doing with your oar?

Life Lesson: Our lives may be the only Bible someone ever reads.

Dear Father,
Thank You for loving me. Thank You for the gifts, talents and resources You have given me. Lord, I have been blessed by You. Help me to lay down my fears. I know I am not living for Your Kingdom as I should. I have complained and been ungrateful for the blessings You have given me. Forgive me. Forgive me for being so distracted by what others are doing and not focusing on the gifts You have given me. I want to give all of my life. Empower me to be a mighty person of valor. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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