1 Corinthians 12:4 – Now God gives us many kinds of special abilities, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all. (TLB)
I used to think that I should cheerfully take on any job my church asked of me. But when I was asked to do tasks that I really wasn't suited for, I began to be resentful. With so few workers in my church, after a few years, I was burned out.
But we're not just a warm body. We've all been given different spiritual gifts. It's important to know what our gifts are, and it's our responsibility to use them. We should be in the church and ministry where God wants us, and that's not easy to find on our own. If we allow the Holy Spirit to lead, God will put us exactly where we need to be. It may be that a certain church needs our particular gifting, or perhaps we need to be ministered to in a certain way.
The majority of people in every church are those who serve. They're happy to set tables, stack chairs, and do whatever small job is needed. We couldn't function without them. Paul tells us that "some of the parts that seem weakest and least important are really the most necessary" (1 Corinthians 12:22 TLB). If we have a different gift, it doesn't mean that we shouldn't help them, if needed. But if we all stack chairs, who will be the treasurer or the Sunday school teacher? "Suppose the whole body were an eye — then how would you hear?" Paul asks (1 Corinthians 12:17a TLB).
Every church needs people with various gifts: organizers, prayer-warriors, and those who always seem to be there just when we need a word of encouragement. We all need each other. When one rejoices, we all rejoice. When one suffers, we all suffer. When we know what gifts God has given us, and how that relates to the body, then the church works exactly the way that God planned it.
What gifts of time, talent, or treasure is God calling you to use? Ask your pastor for a spiritual gifts survey. Think about your passion in life, your abilities. Instead of hurrying away after the service this Sunday, stay a while and ask God whom you can bless or encourage. No one is too old or too young. Trust God to put you in the ministry that's best for you at this time. Let's be honest, we don't like change! We don't want to make more effort. But when the Spirit leads, we'll find that we're exactly where we wanted to be! Please join me in this prayer:
Prayer: Father, lead me. Give me insight into the giftings that You've given me, and then, use me and work through me to accomplish Your will here on earth. Make me accountable to You for my life and the gifts that You've given me. Prepare me for an eternity with You and for the duties that You have planned for me there. Amen.
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