Servants Serve with What They Have
by Rick Warren
If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything
done. Ecclesiastes 11:4 (NLT)
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Real servants do their best with what they have. Servants don't make
excuses, procrastinate, or wait for better circumstances. Servants
never say, "One of these days" or "When the time is right." They
just do what needs to be done.
The Bible says, "If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never
get anything done" (Ecclesiastes 11:4 NLT).
God expects you to do what you can, with what you have, wherever you
are. Less-than-perfect service is always better than the best
One reason many people never serve is that they fear they are not
good enough to serve. They have believed the lie that serving God is
only for superstars. Some churches have fostered this myth by making
"excellence"¯ an idol, which makes people of average talent hesitant
to get involved.
You may have heard it said, "If it can't be done with excellence,
don't do it."¯ Well, Jesus never said that! The truth is, almost
everything we do is done poorly when we first start doing it ā€”
that's how we learn.
At Saddleback Church, we practice the "good enough"¯ principle: It
doesn't have to be perfect for God to use and bless it. We would
rather involve thousands of regular folks in ministry than have a
perfect church run by a few elites.