Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Genesis 50:15-26
Psalms 101, 109, 119:121-144
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Mark 8:11-26

If a person is serious about being a Christian, I’d have to say that one of the most important things they need to do is learn about spiritual gifts. Spiritual gifts are the key to serving God well, and they are one of the fundamental building blocks of a strong church powerfully accomplishing its mission.

It’s a simply concept, really. God has given us all gifts that we are to use in his service. And the way that we serve God is by using those same gifts to serve one another. For some of us, that means being a leader. For others, it means encouraging a friend. For still others, it might mean teaching or leading worship. Or perhaps it might mean helping out behind the scenes and out of the spotlight. These are just a few of the many spiritual gifts found in the Bible.

How do you know your spiritual gift? Well, we consider this topic so important that we regularly teach classes devoted to helping people discover their spiritual gifts. If you’ve not done so in the past, I‘d strongly suggest attending one.

Beyond that, when you are serving others with your spiritual gift, you’ll feel like you are “in the zone.” You will sense God’s power flowing through you in a way that is rewarding for you and genuinely helpful for those you are serving. You will have the sense that you really are making an important difference, and that God is delighting in what you are doing.

So…do you know your spiritual gifts? If not, that is the place to start.

And if you do know them…are you using them? If not, there is no better time to start than now. We really do need your help.

And if you are using them…could you develop them further still? How can you do what you are doing even better than you are doing it today?

If you are asking any of the above questions, thank you, thank you, thank you. You are on the right track, boldly proclaiming “Jesus is Lord” not just in your words, but in your life as well. And that, dear friends, is what it really means to be a Christian.

--CRM

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