Do you know your own spiritual gifts? Are you using them for the best of the body of Christ? There are a lot of ways we can be in His Majestic Service, God’s own special agents in this cold world. If you are interested in finding out your own spiritual gifts, there are a lot online assessment tools and books available. Discover your spiritual abilities and then build up the body of Christ!
We have many parts in one body, but the parts don’t all have the same function. In the same way, though there are many of us, we are one body in Christ, and individually we belong to each other. We have different gifts that are consistent with God’s grace that has been given to us. If your gift is prophecy, you should prophesy in proportion to your faith. If your gift is service, devote yourself to serving. If your gift is teaching, devote yourself to teaching. If your gift is encouragement, devote yourself to encouraging. The one giving should do it with no strings attached. The leader should lead with passion. The one showing mercy should be cheerful. (Romans 12: 4-8, CEB)
Each person’s gifts are different but everybody is needed to build up the body! Together we are strong and able to function by the grace of God. The key here is to use God-given talents to God’s glory. If we are to be in his majestic service, we need to check the selfish goals at the door. The different gifts and abilities are equal. There is no need to compare gifts. In some sense all comparing is a Devil’s attempt to get us quarreling. In God we are equal. In Christ we are not only God’s servants but also his heirs and we are called to co-labor for the kingdom of God!
If God’s children were shoes, there would be needs for big hiking boots as well as for fancy red Sunday shoes. If we were created to be fancy red shoes but would like to work on hiking trails, we would be destined to fail. Or if we were created to wear hiking boots but would insist fitting in fancy red shoes, we would feel miserable. It is important to learn who we are in Christ and for what purposes we were created. There is no other better assessment tool than prayer! We are called to discern our calling in God’s presence. God is faithful and will guide us in this process.
Paul lists a few different serving opportunities: prophecy, serving, teaching, encouragement, generosity, leadership and kindness. Whether we were called to teach or preach or for practical ministry, we will be enabled to work for His Majestic Service by grace of God. We can also be certain that God will bless as we serve the body of Christ with our gifts and abilities.
Thank you for calling us
and equipping us to work
in Your Majestic Service.
Thank you for going before us,
preparing our tasks for us.
Help us to function as one body.
Guide us to find our gifts
and our place in your Kingdom.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What kind of shoe would you be in God’s kingdom?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you work in His Majestic Service!
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