Jun 1, 2010

God's Training Camp

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

God's preparing you for the ministry He has for you. He works at both ends of the process - in your life to prepare you for a unique role of service, and He's preparing ahead of time the work He'll give you. In His timing, of course. So wherever you are right now is God's training camp for future service.

Joseph's prison term prepared him to be God's man on Egypt's throne. Moses' years in Pharaoh's court equipped him for his tasks as leader of Israel. For years Joshua served as Moses' aide, and Elisha did the same for Elijah; God was preparing them both as successors. Paul's years in Arabia were readying him for years of missionary service. Even Jesus experienced an extended period of preparation in the carpenter's shop of Nazareth.

Wherever you are right now, God is giving you experiences that are training you for future service. It may be over a long period of time or only a few minutes, but He equips us with what we need to serve Him.

Think of your circumstances today as God's training camp.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, things get so overwhelming sometimes. So often nothing seems to go right and we just get frustrated. Help us not to grow weary or despise small beginnings. Renew our hope today, Lord and remind us that You're in charge of our lives if we've submitted ourselves to You - so there's no reason to worry anymore. Help us not to sweat the small stuff. In Jesus' name, Amen.