TODAY’S SCRIPTURE 1 Timothy 3:13

Confidence is a critical component of a successful life. The question is, “How can I get more confidence?” Studies have shown that self-confidence comes from three main sources: example, encouragement, and experience. When learning new skills, the example of a mentor can help you get going. In developing untapped potential, the encouragement of a coach can help you reach new heights. However, to grow in confidence as God’s servant, nothing can take the place of personal experience.

Paul said, “For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 3:13). A good standing refers to gaining the respect of those familiar with your ministry. Great confidence refers to your own assessment of how you are doing. Both of these benefits, self-respect and the esteem of others, are the direct result of hands-on experience. Confidence comes from doing, and great confidence comes from doing well. The better you execute your responsibilities, the bolder you become.

If serving well is the key to confidence, then practice is the secret to serving well. Everyone knows that deliberate practice leads to improvement in athletics and academics. Is it any wonder then that practice can help you grow as a servant of God? You become a better song leader when you practice the songs. You become a better teacher when you practice your lessons. You become a better shepherd when you practice people’s names. When you are unsure of your abilities, practice can make you braver and better. Before you can serve well, you must serve. To find your calling, you may need to try several kinds of service. Over time, you will discover your gifts and develop them to make your greatest contribution to God’s kingdom. Then on Judgment Day, you will hear these precious words: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Today, I will…take stock of ways I can serve the church and assess which opportunities make the best use of my talents and give me the greatest joy.