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.
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?
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