In God’s kingdom there are no spectators. Just as within a human family there are no unnecessary or unimportant members, so in God’s family all are loved and all have a vital purpose. We’ve all been given significant tasks to do and essential positions to fill.
We proclaim the message of God’s love to the world, so people know God’s arms are open wide to welcome anyone and everyone into his kingdom. He calls the world to come, and we are the messengers and the helpers in their journey.
Every one of us is gifted to accomplish this purpose.
Peter, as always, makes it simple (1 Peter 4:8-11). All are called to serve one another and to love one another deeply. Each should use the gifts God has given, faithfully managing this grace. It is bestowed in varied forms. From the gift of righteousness all believers are given, to the state of singleness, to proclamations of God’s word, to mercy, each of us has a gift.
If we’ve been gifted to speak, we are to take care with our words, speaking, exhorting, encouraging, and teaching with as much care as if we uttered the very words of God. With our hearts attuned to the Lord, we must approach this task reverently before we speak words or pen them to the page.
If we’ve been gifted to serve, we are to minister with the strength God provides, otherwise, we’ll wear ourselves out bearing the heavy burden. From healing, feeding the church, caring for the sick, administering order, or lightening the load, all must be done in reliance on the Lord.
How do we know what we’re supposed to do?
- We get busy.
- We pursue the tasks that give us joy.
When we repent, believe on Christ as Savior, and entrust ourselves to him, God places his Spirit within us. The Holy Spirit works a change in our hearts and our lives. He prompts us to love others and to care about their needs. We see people in ways we haven’t before. We respond with words or with service, or some combination. When we serve as he has called and empowered us, we experience great joy, and those we serve are uplifted, informed, and helped.
For me, right now, that means long hours with a manuscript. I am one who speaks. I teach, and I write. Every one of the 100,000 words spread over these 350 pages must be perfectly chosen and necessary. This story is written to inspire and to draw wounded and discouraged people to find their hope and rest in God. It is a tale that throws open the door of God’s mercy to any and all. Every word is, therefore, significant.
I bend to this task. I cleared six weeks for this final edit before I turn the manuscript over to the publisher. More editing and revision will follow. It’s hard work. But, even as I spend ten to twelve hours a day on this, I love it! I am filled with joy. This is what I was made to do. Writing for God’s kingdom causes me to grow, to change, and to become more attuned to the Savior.
In the same way, God has given you gifts to use in his service.
What are your gifts? How are you finding joy in employing these gifts in God’s service?
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