“As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10.
Strength comes by exercise. All who put to use the ability which God has given them, will have increased ability to devote to His service. Those who do nothing in the cause of God, will fail to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth. A man who would lie down and refuse to exercise his limbs, would soon lose all power to use them. Thus the Christian who will not exercise his God-given powers, not only fails to grow up into Christ, but he loses the strength which he already has; he becomes a spiritual paralytic. It is those who, with love for God and their fellow men, are striving to help others that become established, strengthened, settled, in the truth. The true Christian works for God, not from impulse, but from principle; not for a day or a month, but during the entire period of life. –Christian Service, p. 106.
Questions to think about:
How can we increase our abilities for spiritual work?
Is there a danger of losing our spiritual strength and if yes, what are the reasons?
How do we work – from impulse or from principle?