Isn’t it wonderful that God gives His children such wonderful gifts? The challenge is what to do with them. Debbie and I are connected with different pastor’s and pastor’s wive’s groups, and there was one group recently that was lamenting over the unwillingness of those in their different churches to use their gifts for much more than edifying themselves. The people connected with them are content to have the pastors and their families be responsible for ministry, while they sit back and are fed. The problem with this is, it is unbiblical.
The body of Christ is made up of many parts, with each person getting gifts to be used for more than themselves.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Pet. 4:10 NIV
God speaks to us about the body of Christ in different places (Rom. 12; 1 Cor. 12, Eph 4), and with each the expectation is that those in the body will use their different gifts to edify (or build up) the body.
When some choose not to use their gifts, others also can’t use their gifts because they are doing things that need to be done. Things that they don’t necessarily feel called or gifted to do, but must do because they need to be done.
We are so thankful for those who step up and use their gifts, and we know that there are others who may need a little encouragement to utilize their gifts. If you are in the latter group, what better way to be encouraged than by scripture?
All Hands On Deck…
God has much for us to do, and we won’t be able to do it without everyone using their gifts to the glory of God. So whether it is here, or at whatever church you are a part of, I encourage you to check in and ask about how you might use your gifts. And if you don’t know what they are, ask me (if you are a part of the Elm Street Community Church) or ask your pastor. Let God use you, and watch Him use your usefulness to draw you closer to Him.