Follow the Owner’s Manual

Follow the Owner’s Manual

When I buy something I don’t know how to use, the first thing I do is read the owner’s manual. Some of you like to figure out how to use a new thingamabob through trial and error, but I like to let the manufacturer tell me how to use it.

You and I come with an “owner’s manual.” Our Maker gave us instructions in the Bible on how to be successful, experience joy, and live with him forever. But many people approach life through trial and error and don’t read their owner’s manual. Or if they do, they get hung up on instructions they don’t like and conclude the Bible isn’t worth following.

Here are some instructions from God that people of the world don’t like:

  • Luke 6:27 – “Love your enemies.”
  • Acts 20:35 – “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
  • Matthew 20:16 – “The last will be first, and the first will be last.”

If you’ve matured as a Christian and tried to live by these commands, then you’ve discovered our Maker really does know what he is  talking about. As odd as these instructions may sound, they always prove to be true when tested.

In 1 Peter 4:10 we read another directive that seems ridiculous to those in the world: “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others.”

Now wait a minute! I want to use my stuff to benefit me! Why should I use my gift to serve someone else?

Answer: Because that’s what your Maker told you to do. Why? Maybe he knows it will bring joy to your life. Maybe he knows another child of his needs your help.

How can you use your gifts to serve others? A good way to find out is to come to this year’s Ministry Fair on February 11 at 9 AM. There you can learn about our different ministries and volunteer to help by filling out an involvement survey.

As a wise preacher named Toby once said: “God doesn’t expect you to do everything, but he does expect you to do something.”