In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
October 15, 2007 – Standing Before God’s Open Door – 1 Corinthians 16:5-9
Uppermost in God’s thoughts is man’s salvation. He expects Christians to have the same mindset. We’ve been charged with advancing His kingdom by sharing the gospel and discipling others. As His servants, we’re to focus on His agenda, not preoccupy ourselves with earthly concerns (2 Timothy 2:4).
To achieve His plan, God will open doors of service for each of us—in local churches, neighborhoods, workplaces, or foreign lands. Our part is to watch for opportunities and be ready to take part. Spiritual preparation includes prayer and a daily quiet time, plus accountability with other believers. Whether God assigns us major tasks or smaller ones, we must be in position and all set to say yes. When we answer His call, we’ll discover He has equipped us with everything we need to fulfill our mission (2 Peter 1:3).
The most important work in our world is to help with the Father’s redemptive plan: He is rescuing people from the power of sin, adopting them into His family, and transforming them from rebellious, self-centered beings into reflections of His obedient and loving Son Jesus. Those of us who have been the beneficiaries of God’s saving work have an obligation to assist in His plan to rescue others. We have a responsibility to prepare ourselves—by surrendering our desires for His, committing to know Him better, and obeying His directions.
God has prepared work for each of us to do (Ephesians 2:10).
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