What a Waste!

I remember years ago when a brilliant young man on his way to medical school changed his mind, and returned to college to get a Bible degree and preach. Someone, said: “What a waste to use a young man of such ability when he could be saving lives in a hospital!”
Saving lives indeed.
Conversely, I wonder how much good he did by applying his great ability for the cause of Christ! Let me be clear: The most important job on earth is preaching the Gospel of Christ! When God gave, he gave the best he had. We owe it to him to give the best we have. “The secret of joy in work is contained in one word — excellence,” novelist Pearl Buck once said. “To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”
When it comes to serving the Lord, there is no such thing as being over prepared. Even if you’re “just” teaching toddlers about Jesus, raising a child in the Lord, or preparing yourself at college for a life of service, give the Lord your best. As a matter of fact, whenever the words “give” and “the Lord” are in the same sentence, the word “best” should be there, too!
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed, and who correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
To give anything less, now that is the real waste!

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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