READ: 1 TIMOTHY 3:8-13
Do you ever think about what it takes to grow confidence in God? Or is your faith something that is what it is?
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it takes to have a successful day. To me, a successful day is when I incorporate healthy habits into my day that set me up for greater success in my health, faith, responsibilities/job, and that enable me to take time to care for the people in my life.
I’m not sure if it’s the start of a new year or the pull to want more progress or motion towards some big life goals that are motivating these thoughts for me right now. But bottom line, I believe a healthy daily routine fosters success, however, when I get overwhelmed or pulled in different directions, my routine is the first thing to implode.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that when you add good habits into your day, you will feel better, which will help you make better choices and pave the way for a more successful you.
But incorporating those good habits into our daily routines takes practice. Not so much practice when the going is easy but faithful practice when things are tough. Being careful to stick to a healthy routine even when we are tempted to divert from what’s good for us to what feels easier in the moment.
In today’s text, I know it’s talking about the responsibility of deacons, however, I also know that all scripture is God-breathed and relevant for us today. I believe we can look at a section like today’s and pull relevant instruction for us right now.
In the past, I’ve often viewed my faith as something that grows and develops when I see God moving in my life. It was a passive stance. Today, I know that when I step out in faith and make a daily habit to practice the instruction of the Lord, I get to see the faithfulness of His Word played out in my life.My first-hand witness of God's Word working in my life grows my faith in God! Click To Tweet
It’s not easy being a leader and the deacons are no exception to that rule. Leaders are judged sharply and watched closely. Because of that, leaders need to lead by example that starts with the faithful stewardship of their lives, God’s way.
Matthew 25:23 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master’.
When we are careful to steward our lives according to God’s Word, it allows us to experience the character of God up close. We see His goodness. His faithfulness. His love. played out in our lives and gain confidence in who He is. And that confidence in God manifests a boldness to proclaim His Truth with greater intimacy of understanding to everyone around us! And that makes for a pretty successful day when we can boldly proclaim God’s Truth not only over our own lives but others as well!
Let’s be women who routinely practice the Word of God in our lives so that we grow in greater confidence and intimacy of knowledge of our Lord!
Lord, thank you for your Word. You’re helpful instruction that when we follow it, it sets us up for a successful day. Lord help us to carve out time in our busy schedules to get into your Word more each day. And in so doing, may we be women who routinely practice your Word in our lives so that we grow in greater confidence of You! In Jesus name, Amen!