Daily Scripture Reading: Luke 5:7 KJV
Luke 5:7 (KJV) 7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.
Today’s Devotional Is Keys to Successful Christian Service
Bible Verse: “They beckoned unto their partners in the other boat, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the boats.” – Luke 5:7 (R.V.)
As Christians, we desire to be successful in our service to God. But what are the keys to achieving this? The following are some essential conditions for effective Christian service:
Firstly, our nets must be clean. Before setting sail, the fishermen in Luke 5:4 were washing their nets. This necessary work ensured that they were ready to respond at a moment’s notice to Jesus’ command. Similarly, we must keep ourselves ready and cleansed, so that we can be vessels of honor, sanctified and meet for the Master’s use.
Secondly, we must be prepared to obey Christ in little things. Jesus asked Peter to put out his boat a little from the land before making greater demands on his obedience and faith. When we lend our empty boats to Jesus, He will pay us back by filling them with fish.
Thirdly, we must obey Christ even when it goes against our own judgment. Peter knew all about the art of fishing, but he obeyed Jesus when he said to let down the nets in the daytime, despite having toiled all night in vain. We too must obey Christ’s will, even when it seems to go against our own knowledge and experience.
Finally, we must be willing to share with others. Peter could have kept the haul for himself, but he longed for others to share in the Master’s bounty. When we serve God, we must be generous and willing to share the blessings He gives us with others.
PRAYER For Today
Dear God, we commit our work to You and trust that You will provide for our needs as we seek to do Your will. Help us to keep our hearts and minds pure and ready to respond to Your call. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.