標 題： 有忠心
經 節： 我感謝那給我力量的我們主基督耶穌，因祂以我有忠心，派我服事祂。（提摩太前書一章12節）
And I thank
Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful,
putting me into the ministry. (1 Timothy 1:12)
From a human perspective, the apostle Paul’s record as a zealous
persecutor of Christians should have precluded him from being used in God’s
service. Paul was known as the “chief of sinners,” a blasphemer, persecutor,
and violent aggressor (1 Tim. 1:13–15). Everything changed when God saved Paul.
He embraced the Christian life with the same fervency in which he had opposed
it. Paul labored to be faithful in every assignment, no matter how small or
large. Ultimately, because of Paul’s faithfulness, God entrusted him to be one
of His foremost promoters of the gospel.
Paul understood that everything he ever accomplished for God’s kingdom
was due to the enabling power of God. He was not deceived into thinking that
his own intelligence or personal drive brought about God’s will. Rather, Paul
was grateful for the opportunity to be tested and found faithful in any
assignment, regardless of its size.
Your ability to serve God is not based on your past, but on your
faithfulness today. If you are faithful with the task God entrusts to you, God
will enable you to accomplish it. Don’t distinguish between big and small
assignments from God. Paul saw every one as a privilege he did not deserve.
Whether God has asked you to pray for someone, to minister to a person in need,
to lead a Bible study, or to care for those who are sick, strive to be
faithful. You will experience His enabling as you serve Him. If you are
faithful in a little, God will entrust you with more. You will be able to join
Paul in praising God for having counted you faithful, putting you into His
service (Luke 16:10).