Addicted to Serving

“I urge you, brethren – you know the household of Stephanas…that they have devoted [addicted] themselves to the ministry of the saints.” 1 Corinthians 16:15

The King James Version translated the Greek word “tasso” with the word “addicted.” Other translations have used “devoted.” The word suggests what we might call a “strong connection or powerful decision.” It is used of the Lord Jesus “appointing” disciples and of God Himself “ordaining” the authorities which are in power. The sense here in our text is that the household of Stephanas were entirely committed – one might say even addicted – to serving those in the church.

Christian – can this be said of your life and mine? Have we taken pains to organize our life in such a manner that we can be of service to God’s people? Is this a high priority in our life? The one who is “addicted” thinks about something all the time. Is ministering to the saints at the top of our mind each day? Have we made choices in life that clearly put our service within the church first? If not, what needs to change? Do you need to settle down into a good, faithful, local church and join it? Then do it. Ignore those excuses and get on with it. Are you a member but only a rare attender? Fix that. Are you there, but rarely involved in serving God’s people? What hinders you? Consider Stephanas and his household, that they “addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints.” Pray about this. Ask the Lord to open your eyes to opportunities to serve the body of Christ with the gifts He has given you. We need every member to do their part. No other member can do what you have been appointed to do in the church. So do it, with meekness and humility, serving one another in love. May the example of Stephanas stir up our hearts to this holy addiction today.

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