Friday, March 8, 2013

A book to give you a passion for serving

On Being A Servant Of GodOn Being A Servant Of God by Warren W. Wiersbe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Warren Wiersbe is one of those guys who writes so clearly and simply that you can question his depth in between readings. But then you pick up one of his books to read again, and you're reminded how of how wrong you were.

On Being a Servant of God is comprised of 30 short chapters on various aspects of ministry and servanthood. It is thoroughly practical, biblical, and wise, and filled with illustrations. Each chapter is devoted to a specific topic, like money, criticism, enemies, bad days, loyalty, reaching the lost, joy in serving, the priority of the Scriptures, reading, ministry as a married person, senior citizens, failure, humor, when to leave a ministry, and more.

Wiersbe is quotable. Here are just a few examples:

You’ll meet problem people and problem situations wherever you go, so make up your kind to expect them, accept them, and let God use them in your life. The devil wants to use problem people as weapons to tear your down, but the Spirit can use them as tools to build you up. (17)

The prophet Ezekiel wrote, “Then I came to the captives at Tel Abib, who dwelt by the River Chebar; and I sat where they sat” (Ezek. 3:15). I sat where they sat. That’s the posture of the true servant of Jesus Christ … (17)

Somebody asked the wealthy banker J. P. Morgan what the best collateral was for a loan, and Morgan replied, "Character." (42)

Christians who live in the Word are used of God to get His work done in this world. (109)

The real measure of our wealth is how much we’d be worth if we lost all our money. (141; quoting John Henry Jowett)

The future is our friend when Jesus is our Lord. He still goes before His sheep and prepares the way. Our job isn’t to second-guess Him but to follow Him. He’ll take care of the rest: “Known to God from eternity are all His works” (Acts 15:18). (146)

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My dad gave me a copy of this book when I was in college with the advice to read it about once a year. As you said, it's an extremely helpful little book.
-andrea r.