An old man came across John 15:14 while reading his Bible. He studied its words, “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” The man reflected upon his own rich experiences applying this verse. A smile flashed across his face as he acknowledged, “Yes, and your own friend, too.”

The best thing we can do for ourselves is to serve Christ. You ask, “Pastor Jim, how can I serve Christ? It’s hard enough just to do what is right, much less serve Christ. Why should I even try?” Well, I’m glad you asked. As we’re saved (by grace through faith), so we serve.

Everything we do after we’re saved should be the fruit of God’s grace working in our lives, from our sanctification to our service. We can’t serve Christ in the power of our strength, experience, talent, or energy. The grace of God is necessary to supply our needs and empower us for service. An effective servant of the King of Kings will constantly plead for a fresh supply.

God saved you for service. Are you maximizing the resources He has provided to serve effectively? You may be a parent or teacher searching for effective ways to impart biblical principles to the children in your care. Are you relying upon God’s grace, or your limited abilities? Whatever challenges are facing you today, God’s grace can see you through. Just ask for it.

Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace. — Jerry Bridges

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.