What I Read Today;
Exodus 21-22; Psalm 28; Matthew 28; 1 Corinthians 12
How can we work with people in the church to develop their spiritual gifts? People are so stressed and stretched these days that it seems harder and harder to find ways to help people develop into disciples of Christ.
God has given each of us talents. He’s endowed all of us with abilities that can be used for his kingdom.
Yet when asked, most people will respond, “no, I don’t have anything to offer.”
But nothing could be further from the truth.
From the young person in grade school to the person nearing 100, we all have gifts that we can bring to God’s church.
So often, we look at the Pastor or our teachers and think that those are the only spiritual gifts that are available to us. While those are important, maybe we need to look at our talents differently.
The church needs people who can cook and clean, budget, organize, plan, nurture, mentor, greet, usher, count money, visit the sick, help the poor, and so much more.
I know a person I went to high school with who raises funds each year to stuff backpacks with school supplies and gives them to needy children.
I know of a men’s group that gets together to make handicapped accessible ramps for those who need them and can’t afford them.
Last summer, the youth group at a large church here in town went out and cleaned and painted homes for needy families.
The list goes on and on.
What can we do in the name of Jesus? How do our skills fit into his kingdom? Is there a need in our community that we could help fill?
We all need to pray that God will lead us and direct us to use our skills and abilities so that we can live out a life of thanksgiving to our savior!