Daily Devotional for Wednesday January 16, 2019


Ephesians 4:12 “…for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ…” (NASB)


"You wouldn’t hire a plumber to do your electric, would you?" It was a simple question, but it had such meaning. While working on a job site, the foreman asked for a skilled craftsman to come and help finish part of the project. When one of the apprentices stepped forward, the foreman asked the question. Today's scripture speaks of equipping the people for the work of the body of Christ. Many times, we think that it's the pastor's, the deacon’s, or the elder's job to do, but the reality is that we all have been given gifts and talents that we should be developing in order to pass them along to help others learn. The foreman took the apprentice aside and thanked him for stepping forward. Then he offered for him to assist the skilled craftsman in completing the job. Learning new talents can come from trial and error, or we can come alongside those who can mentor us to be the best we can be. Who is your mentor? Are you learning more about your gifts and talents so that you can teach others and equip them for the task of advancing the Kingdom of God?  


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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