In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Thursday December 29, 2005

The Challenge to End Well

Ephesians 2:8-10

 

What is true in track and field is equally true in life: how we end the race is more important than how we begin. God does not take new believers straight to heaven upon salvation. Instead, He leaves us here on earth and gives each of us a ministry to carry out with Christ’s all-sufficient power.

 

God has specifically designed a place of service to fit our personality, gifts, and abilities. He also equips and strengthens us to be able to meet the challenges of that call. The believer’s responsibility is to obey with joy.

 

Too many Christians approach ministry with stingy hearts, investing as few hours as possible so that they can return to work or personal pursuits. Corporations do not own us; neither do we belong to ourselves. We are adopted sons and daughters of the Father God, and as such, we honor Him first.

 

Show me a man who works ten hours a day and thinks he doesn’t have time to assist the Lord’s work, and I’ll show you a man who is wasting ten good hours he could be using to serve clients and coworkers for Jesus. Service does not have to be “religious” or take place in the church. Don’t try to separate spirituality from day-to-day reality — truly satisfying ministry can happen anywhere, when we first take the time to be alone with God.

 

If people were here only to work a job, pay bills, and have a few laughs, no one would ever enjoy long-term fulfillment. But believers find peace and joy in serving God every day according to His call. That is the only way to end well.