40 Days of Discipline

40 Days of Discipline:  Day 23 – Service


12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. (1 Timothy 1:12, New International Version)

Theme:  Rejoicing and Thanksgiving


It is a privilege to be on this spiritual journey with each of you. We have just completed over half of the 40 days and it is already clear that there are never-ending opportunities to rejoice and give thanks as we practice spiritual disciplines. This week we will focus on the disciplines of Service and Stewardship.  We will start with Service. 

A variety of sentiments are associated with acts of service. Rejoicing and thanksgiving aren’t often high on the list. In fact, service that doesn’t result in a direct benefit to the servant (e.g., service without remuneration) is often seen as a thankless sacrifice.  When viewed from a Christian perspective though, service is a privilege we should give God thanks for.      

Bible Passages:   

In our Bible passage today, Paul provides a clear link between service and giving thanks. 

Please study the passage and consider the question below.


Ordinarily, people expect to be thanked for serving.  In your own words, why is Paul instead giving thanks to serve?    

Please leave a comment.  We would love to hear from you.

5 thoughts on “40 Days of Discipline:  Day 23 – Service

  1. Paul is advising Timothy of the wonderful privilege to serve because he has been appointed by Christ. He is giving thanks to be able to share the Gospel and the amazing impact it has had on his life. For Christ to give him the strength and to consider him trustworthy to share the Good News, was indeed an honor.

  2. Paul sees it as a great honor to be able to serve God. Those whom God puts into ministry he qualifies and equips. God saw Paul as faithful and trustworthy. Herein is more than enough to give thanks that The King of Kings desires your service.

  3. A manager of a company may recognize impressive qualities in an employee, and promotes the employee with confidence, knowing the company will grow.
    A parent may recognize the maturity and gentleness of a middle child and put them “in charge” when the parents go out.
    Both circumstances may result in more responsibility, but chances are both recognized persons will more than likely be happy and grateful for the opportunity to take on these responsibilities. I think it is the same for Paul. He realizes that God must have confidence in him to give him the responsibility of carrying out His work, and Paul feels honored, and is thankful.

  4. Serving our Lord is certainly a privilege .
    Serving humans can sometimes be a thankless.

  5. As Paul used to persecute christians, to be accepted by Jesus to serve Him, to be entrusted to share Jesus’ teachings, that Paul considers of utmost importance, he is very thankful.

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