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Devotional for Friday, November 28, 2014
Today's Prayer Note from The Navigators:

U.S. Headquarters Administrative Staff
Pray that God will bless the faithful men and women who serve behind the scenes in administrative roles with at the U.S. Navigators headquarters in Colorado Springs.

Building up the Church

Today's Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11-14
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To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. - 1 Corinthians 1:2

I had a friend who decided to paint his car, but about halfway through he got busy with something else and didn't finish the job. Month after month, there it stood, half green and half something else, looking terrible. A job half done.

Now, when you and I think of our involvement in the Great Commission, we need to think of finishing the job. And that involves two things--winning the lost and building up the saved. We want those who turn to Christ to become strong, robust, dedicated, mature disciples. We want to see them built up in the faith, so they can reach out to others with the gospel and begin to build up those new ones in the faith.

That is what Paul was pleading for in 1 Corinthians 14:12, where he told the Christians in Corinth to "try to excel in gifts that build up the church." It is imperative that you and I know how to help people grow in their Christian lives. Why? Because if a person comes to Christ and does not go on to become a mature disciple, the job is half done.

One of the most helpful things anyone ever did for me as a new Christian was get me started in Scripture memory. It has become a lifetime habit of memorizing God's Word. Over the years, I've started scores of other people in Scripture memory. You see, that's how it works. You take the things others have used to build you up, and you use them to help others. That's the only way to fulfill the Great Commission and keep it from being a job half done.


Lord, show me how I can more effectively use my spiritual gifts to build up others in the faith. Amen.

To Ponder

Every Christian should be built up in the faith and equipped to minister to others. How far are you in the building process?

The text for this devotional comes from the NavPress book Daily Discipleship, which features devotionals taken from radio broadcasts by long-time Navigator LeRoy Eims. For more information or to order a copy, visit the NavPress website.

Visit the The Navigators Devotional Ministry website for more devotional resources.

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