Daily Devotional for Tuesday January 02, 2018


1 Corinthians 9:27 (NASB) but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.


There is an old saying that some live by. "Do as I say, not as I do." One of the first things they taught us in fire officer school was never send anyone to place you are not willing to go yourself. I remembered those words as we pulled up to a large warehouse fire and the chief ordered our crew inside. I could have easily sent my crew in and stood by the rig and waited for their report, but what kind of an officer would I have been? Today's verse speaks of disciplining our bodies and after having shared with others, we need to make sure we do as we say and not be disqualified. Being willing to go where you send others is the sign of good leadership whether it be a father, fire officer, or manager at a company. If we are not willing to lead by example, then we must examine what type of leader we truly are. Jesus told us to lay down our life for others. He didn't just say those words, He lived them. People, especially children, can see right through words without action; so, let’s be careful how we lead as men who follow Christ. Let's be men who say, “Do as I do because that's what He did!” 


Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.

TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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