Do you ever stop and think about what an honor and privilege it is to work with God? A famous Jewish televangelist told about a time when he worked on a farm in Canada with his young son. They were going to try moving huge bales of hay. The father knew his son wouldn’t do much more than get in the way, but the little boy wanted to help, so he let him. The father grabbed the first bale and let his son get his hands on it so they could move it together.

Afterward, the son said, “Daddy, we really moved that big bale of hay, didn’t we?” He didn’t understand his dad had been carrying all the weight the whole time.

Isn’t that just like us? We think we’re doing God a favor by serving Him, but we’re not really doing any of the heavy lifting. He gives us the grace we need to serve Him, and then He rewards us for our service. But we can’t see God work through us until we get busy. That may sound like a contradiction, but the truth is, it’s not until we’re willing to serve the Lord that He can equip us for service—and it’s not until we start serving that we experience His greatest blessings. It’s a matter of availability.

Maybe you’re holding back from serving Christ like you should because you are afraid of what others will think, or you don’t think you have what it takes to do what He expects of you. God knows your limitations . . . and He still wants to use you. Won’t you make up your mind to serve Him, no matter the cost? You won’t regret your decision.

If you want to be of use, get rightly related to Jesus Christ, and He will make you of use unconsciously every moment you live. — Oswald Chambers

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder