Thursday, April 07, 2011

How has God gifted me for service?

Soon after the Israelites had escaped from Egypt, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. He also gave very specific instructions regarding the tabernacle in which he would be worshiped. The dimensions, designs, and materials needed were spelled out very carefully. But as with any project, they needed someone with expertise and artistic ability to oversee its completion. Who would fill this role? In his instructions to Moses, God specifically named Bezalel and Aholiab as the ones chosen for this position (Ex. 31:1-11). As you read through that passage, God clearly says that he gifted these men with the abilities needed to make each part of the tabernacle. When it was time, Moses put these men in charge of the work (Ex. 35:30-36:1) and it was accomplished just as God intended.

Think about your current place of ministry. Each assembly of Christians is made up of different people whom God has called out from the world for his specific purposes (1 Cor. 12; Eph. 4:11-12). Not all will be pastors, elders, or deacons, but all have a place in God's plan and all have been gifted to accomplish that plan. For instance, our church just finished three months of Bible Clubs. To accomplish that task, the Lord used a large amount of people from our congregation: directors, teachers, helpers, and people who decorated, gave, prayed, greeted, and served food. Together, we were able to present God's truth to many families in our community.

Have you considered how God might use you in his work? Don't compare yourself with others. Instead look at how God has gifted you for his work in the various ministries of your local church. Consider the gifts of the Spirit, your expertise and abilities, and the various positions of service and leadership. Then seek the Lord for wisdom as to what you should be doing. It may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but you should consider that God gives the ability, wisdom, and strength for whatever he wants to be done. Your gifts are a valuable part of your church. So, get with the program and see what God can do ... with you!

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